Vis Taraz

Assistant Professor of Economics

Vis Taraz

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 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.

Working Papers

"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, October 2017, submitted.

"Can Farmers Adapt to Higher Temperatures? Evidence from India (PDF)," July 2017, submitted.

Work in Progress

"Impacts of Intraseasonal Water Availability on Crop Yields," with Susan Stratton Sayre.

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