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Vis Taraz
Assistant Professor


email vtaraz@smith.edu office Office: Pierce Hall 204 phone Phone: 413-585-3588
Office Hours:   Fall 2015 Tue & Thu 2:30-3:30 p.m., & by appt.
Vis TarazVis Taraz earned her B.S. in mathematics from MIT and her Ph.D in economics from Yale University. She is a development economist whose primary research interests lie at the intersection of development and environmental economics. Her research centers on climate change, adaptation, agriculture, and irrigation, with a regional focus on India.
Taraz currently teaches courses in microeconomics, statistics and econometrics, and economic development.

Curriculum Vitae

Working Papers:
Adaptation to Climate Change: Historical Evidence from the Indian Monsoon. July 2015. [pdf] [supplementary file]

Can Farmers Adapt to Extreme Heat? Evidence from India. July 2015. (email me for the most recent version)

Work in Progress:
The Race to the Bottom: Exploring the Gisser-Sanchez Paradox with Endogenous Groundwater Technology (with Susan Stratton Sayre)

Public Adaptation to Environmental Shocks: An Analysis of Large Dams in India

Intensification Effects of Adverse Weather Shocks: Implications for Climate Change