Vis Taraz

Assistant Professor of Economics

Contact & Office Hours

Tuesday, noon-1 p.m.
Thursday, 11 a.m.-noon
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.

Working Papers

"Adaptation to Climate Change: Historical Evidence from the Indian Monsoon," July 2016, revise and resubmit.

"Groundwater Externalities with Endogenous Well Deepening," with Susan Stratton Sayre, January 2017, submitted.

"Can Farmers Adapt to Extreme Heat? Evidence from India," July 2016, under revision.

"Human Capital Costs of Climate Change: Evidence from Test Scores in India," with Teevrat Garg and Maulik Jagnani, December 2016, under revision.


Work in Progress

"Can Workfare Programs Support Adaptation to Climate Change? Evidence from Indian Agriculture," with Anil Bhargava and Teevrat Garg.

"Adaptation to Climate Extremes in Developing Countries: An Analysis of In Utero Weather Impacts on Early-Life Health Outcomes," with Ben Fitch-Fleischmann.