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Vis Taraz
Assistant Professor


email vtaraz@smith.edu office Office: Pierce Hall 204 phone Phone: 413-585-3588
Office Hours:   Spring 2016  Tu 12:00-1:00 pm, Th 2:30-3:30 pm, & 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]
revise and resubmit

Can Farmers Adapt to Extreme Heat? Evidence from India. January 2016. (email me for the most recent version)

Work in Progress:
Can Workfare Programs Support Adaptation to Climate Change? Evidence from Indian Agriculture (wih 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)

The Race to the Bottom:  Exploring the Gisser-Sanchez Paradox with Endogenous Well Technology (with Susan Stratton Sayre)