* denotes equal authorship


Equitable low-carbon transition pathways for California's oil extraction

Deshmukh*, Weber*, Deschenes, Lea, Hernandez-Cortes, Kordell, Lee, Malloy, Mangin, Meng, Sum, Thivierge, Uppal, and Kyle C. Meng* (2023)

Nature Energy, 2023

[Paper][Data and code][BibTex]

Media: Nature Energy Policy Brief, UCSB press release

Spatial distributions of stranded fossil asset costs and benefits from climate change mitigation

Yang, Haozhe, Kyle C. Meng and Sangwon Suh

Environmental Research Communications, 5(6), 2023


Do health disparities narrow with pollution disparities?  Trends from California

Hernandez-Cortes, Danae* and Kyle C. Meng*

American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, 2023

[Paper][Data and code][BibTex]

Do Environmental Markets Cause Environmental Injustice? Evidence from California's Carbon Market 

Hernandez-Cortes, Danae* and Kyle C. Meng* 

Journal of Public Economics, 217, 2023

[Paper] [NBER WP] [BibTex][Video showing pollution dispersal][Response to Pastor et al.]

Media: emLab blog, NBER Digest, Grist, Yes!, NYTimes, NPR (from 14:30), The Hill, WSJInside Climate News, Danae's RFF podcast

Decomposing Trends in U.S. Air Pollution Disparities from Electricity

Hernandez-Cortes, Danae*, Kyle C. Meng*, and Paige Weber* 

Environmental and Energy Policy and the Economy, 4, 2023

[Paper] [NBER WP] [Data and code][BibTex]

Media: NBER Digest

Do Environmental Markets Improve on Open Access? Evidence from California Groundwater Rights

Ayres*, Andrew B., Kyle C. Meng*, and Andrew J. Plantinga* 

Journal of Political Economy, 129(10), 2021

[Paper] [Data and code] [BibTex]

Media: place, emLab blog

Enhancing equity while eliminating emissions in California's supply of transportation fuels

Deschenes*, Olivier, Ranjit Deshmukh*, David Lea*, Kyle Meng*, Paige Weber* et al.

CalEPA report, 2021

[Study page] [Paper] [Synthesis report] [Technical appendix]

Media: CalEPA press release, Bakersfield Californian, SB Independent, emLab blog, NatGeo, NPR, RFF podcast, NYTimes, LATimes

Challenges and opportunities for identifying forced labor using satellite-based fishing vessel monitoring

McDonald, Gavin G., Christopher Costello, Jennifer Bone*, Reniel B. Cabral*, Valerie Farabee*, Timothy Hochberg*, David Kroodsma*, Tracey Mangin*, Kyle C. Meng*, Oliver Zahn* 

Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 118(19), 2021

[Paper] [BibTex]

Satellites reveal global extent of forced labor in the world's fishing fleet 

McDonald, Gavin G., Christopher Costello, Jennifer Bone*, Reniel B. Cabral*, Valerie Farabee*, Timothy Hochberg*, David Kroodsma*, Tracey Mangin*, Kyle C. Meng*, Oliver Zahn* 

Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 118(3), 2021

[Paper] [BibTex]

Media: TheConversation, Reuters, other outlets

Global evidence for ultraviolet radiation decreasing COVID-19 growth rates

Tamma Carleton*, Jules Cornetet*, Peter Huybers*, Kyle C. Meng*, and Jonathan Proctor* 

Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 118(1), 2021

[Paper] [Data and code] [BibTex]

Media: Wired, UCSB press release, Harvard press release, NPR, India Times, Atlantic, other outlets

The Social Cost of Lobbying over Climate Policy 

Meng*, Kyle C. and Ashwin Rode* 

Nature Climate Change, 9, 472-476, 2019

[Paper] [Appendix] [Data and code] [BibTex]

Media: NCC News and Views, NCC editorial, Nature Sustainability research highlight, Nature blog, UCSB, UChicago, Forbes, CarbonBrief, Daily Kos, Ars Technica, Science Daily, WSJ, Futurity, Oregon Public Radio interview, El Diario, Minnesota Public Radio interview

Causal Analysis in Control-Impact Ecological Studies with Observational Data 

Larsen, Ashley, Kyle C. Meng and Bruce Kendall

Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 10(7) 924-934, 2019

[Paper] [Appendix] [Data and code] [BibTex]

Alternate Explanations for the Blue Paradox do not withstand Statistical Scrutiny

McDermott*, Grant R., Kyle C. Meng*, Gavin G. McDonald, and Christopher J. Costello 

Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 115(52) 12124-12125, 2018

[Paper] [Data and code] [BibTex]

Is Cap-and-Trade Causing More Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Disadvantaged Communities?

Meng, Kyle C. 

In Distributional Effects of Environmental Market Design, ed. C. Costello, PERC, 2018

[Paper] [BibTex]

The Blue Paradox: Preemptive Overfishing in Marine Reserves

McDermott*, Grant R., Kyle C. Meng*, Gavin G. McDonald, and Christopher J. Costello 

Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 116(12), 5319-5325, 2018

[Paper] [Appendix] [Data and code] [BibTex]

Media: Atlantic, NPR interview, Science Daily, Eurasia Review, Oceana, ENN, Phys, UCSB, PNAS blog, GFW blog, emLab blog, European Commission 

Quasi-Experimental Methods in Environmental Economics: Opportunities and Challenges

Deschenes*, Olivier and Kyle C. Meng* 

Handbook of Environmental Economics, 4, 2018

[Paper] [Data and code] [BibTex]

Temperature Effects on Productivity and Factor Reallocation: Evidence from a Half Million Chinese Manufacturing Plants 

Zhang, Peng, Olivier Deschenes*, Kyle C. Meng*, and Junjie Zhang* 

Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 88(3), 1-17, 2018

[Paper] [BibTex]

Media: IBTimes, HuffPost, UCSB, KCSB interview

Using a Free Permit Rule to Forecast the Marginal Abatement Cost of Proposed Climate Policy

Meng, Kyle C. 

American Economic Review, 107(3), 748-84, 2017

[Paper] [Appendix] [Data and code] [BibTex]

New England Cod Collapse and the Climate

Meng, Kyle C., Kimberly L. Oremus and Steve Gaines 

PLOS ONE, 11(7), 2016

[Paper] [Appendix] [Data and code] [BibTex]

Media: KCSB interview, UCSB press release, Columbia press release, Business Insider, Science Daily, Newswise, Eurasia Review

Habit Formation in Voting: Evidence from Rainy Elections 

Fujiwara*, Thomas, Kyle C. Meng*, and Tom Vogl* 

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 8(4), 160-88, 2016

[Paper] [Appendix] [Data and code] [BibTex]

Media: WashPost, AEA, Boston Globe, NBER digest, NPR interview

Opportunities for Advances in Climate Change Economics 

Burke, M., M. Craxton, C. D. Kolstad, C. Onda, H. Allcott, E. Baker, L. Barrage, R. Carson, K. Gillingham, J. Graf-Zivin, M. Greenstone, S. Hallegatte, W.M. Hanemann, G. Heal, S. Hsiang, B. Jones, D. L. Kelly, R. Kopp, M. Kotchen, R. Mendelsohn, K. C. Meng, G. Metcalf, J. Moreno-Cruz, R. Pindyck, S. Rose, I. Rudik, J. Stock, R. S. J. Tol 

Science, 352(6283), 292-293, 2016

[Paper] [BibTex]

Tropical Economics 

Hsiang*, Solomon M., and Kyle C. Meng* 

American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, 105(5), 257–61, 2015

[Paper] [Appendix] [Data and code] [BibTex]

Temperature and Violence

Cane, Mark A., Edward Miguel, Marshall Burke, Solomon M. Hsiang, David B. Lobell, Kyle C. Meng, and Shanker Satyanath 

Nature Climate Change, 4, 234–235, 2014

[Paper] [BibTex]

Reconciling Disagreement over Climate–Conflict Results in Africa 

Hsiang*, Solomon M. and Kyle C. Meng* 

Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 111(6), 2100-3, 2014

[Paper] [Data and code] [BibTex]

Media: Washington Post

General Resilience to Cope with Extreme Events

Stephen Carpenter, Kenneth Arrow, Scott Barrett, Reinette Biggs, William Brock, Anne-Sophie Crepin, Gustav Engstrom, Carl Folke, Terry Hughes, Nils Kautsky, Chuan-Zhong Li, Geoffrey McCarney, Karl-Goran Maler, Kyle C. Meng, Stephen Polasky, Marten Scheffer, Jason Shogren, Thomas Sterner, Scott Taylor, Jeffrey Vincent, Brian Walker, Anastasios Xepapadeas, Aart de Zeeuw

Sustainability, 4(12), 3248-3259, 2012

[Paper] [BibTex]

Civil Conflicts are Associated with the Global Climate 

Hsiang, Solomon M., Kyle C. Meng, and Mark A. Cane 

Nature, 476(7361), 438–441, 2011

[Paper] [Appendix] [Data and code] [BibTex

Media: Nature News and Views, Nature Editorial TV interview with CBC News, Xinhua News (starts at 6:08), NPR, The Economist, BBC (World Service, print, BBC4), Washington Post,Financial Times, The New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, TIME, CBC (print, radio), Reuters,AFP, The Independent, Voice of America, The World, Slate, Scientific American, The Australian,Guangming Daily, L'Express, La Stampa, Spiegel, Época, ABC, Science, Nature Climate Change,Significance Magazine, other coverage (press release)

Opportunities for Low-Cost CO2 Storage Demonstration Projects in China 

Meng, Kyle C., Robert H. Williams, and Michael A. Celia 

Energy Policy, 35, 2368-2378, 2007



Spatial Correlation, Trade, and Inequality: Evidence from the Global Climate 

Dingel*, Jonathan I., Kyle C. Meng*, and Solomon M. Hsiang (2022)

[Paper] [NBER WP] [BibTex]

[Video showing ENSO altering the global spatial correlation of temperatures (Fig. 4)]

Media: VoxEU, NYTimes

Estimating Path Dependence in Energy Transitions 

Meng, Kyle C. (2022)

[Paper] [NBER WP] [BibTex]

Analysis of Statistical Power Reconciles Climate-Conflict Results in Africa

Hsiang, Solomon M., Marshall Burke, Edward Miguel, Kyle C. Meng, and Mark A. Cane (2015)

[Paper] [CEGA WP] [BibTex]