Alice Tianbo Zhang is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sustainable Development at SIPA. She is an environmental and energy economist studying the social costs and distributional impacts of large-scale infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on developing countries. More fundamentally, she is interested in tackling issues of environmental and social justice, especially as they relate to the disparities in employment, education and health of the disadvantaged and marginalized. Her job market paper uses the Three Gorges Dam in China as a natural experiment to provide the first estimates of the causal impact of dam-induced inundation on migration and labor market outcomes. She employs a variety of techniques that are multi-disciplinary in nature in her work, including applied econometrics, remote sensing and machine learning.

Alice graduated cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A in Economics, Statistics and a minor in Public Policy. At Columbia, she has worked for the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, the Center on Global Energy Policy and the Earth Institute Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management. Previously, she worked in Councilmember Gordon Wozniak’s office in the City of Berkeley on implementing the Berkeley Climate Action Plan.

Please see her personal website here: https://www.alicetianbozhang.com/