Chris is a PhD Candidate in the Economics Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara specializing in energy economics, environmental economics, and law and economics. He uses applied empirical methods and causal inference to understand the effect of assigning liability for low probability, high severity events on firm precaution to prevent such events. To further this research agenda, he works with detailed administrative data on California’s electricity distribution infrastructure and tools from atmospheric science to develop a causal empirical framework relating a firm’s precaution to the level of liability it faces.
During his time at UC Santa Barbara, he has worked as a researcher at the Environmental Markets Lab on projects funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the California state legislature. His work as a researcher has focused on quantifying the economic impacts of place-based energy policy and renewable energy transitions using causal inference methods and input/output models such as IMPLAN.
Chris has experience teaching undergraduates and managing teaching assistants as the instructor of record for undergraduate financial management at UC Santa Barbara in Fall and Winter of 2019. In addition, he has worked as a teaching assistant for numerous undergraduate economics courses at UC Santa Barbara.