Vis Taraz

Assistant Professor of Economics

Vis Taraz

Contact & Office Hours

Fall 2018
Tuesday 2-3 p.m.,
Thursday 3-4 p.m.
And by appointment.


Pierce Hall 204



Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A., Yale University

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Vis Taraz 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.

Selected Research


Adaptation to Climate Change: Historical Evidence from the Indian Monsoon (PDF),”Environment and Development Economics, 22(5), pp. 517-545, October 2017. [See the published version.]

Working Papers

Can Farmers Adapt to Higher Temperatures? Evidence from India (PDF),” May 2018, revised draft under review.

Groundwater Externalities with Endogenous Well Deepening (PDF),” with Susan Stratton Sayre, January 2018, revised draft under review.

Temperature and Human Capital in India (PDF),” with Teevrat Garg and Maulik Jagnani, February 2018, submitted. [IGC-Ideas for India blog post.]

Unintended Consequences of a Public Works Program: Agricultural Yields, Weather Shocks and India’s Employment Guarantee (PDF),” April 2018, submitted.

Work in Progress

“The Role of Climate Variability and Irrigation in International Migration,” with Katrin Millock and Theo Benonnier.