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Kyle C. Meng

Kyle Meng

Associate Professor

Environmental Economics

Bren Hall 4416



PhD, MA Sustainable Development, Columbia University
BSE, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University


Kyle Meng is an Associate Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Management and the Department of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Climate and Energy Program Director at the Environmental Markets Solutions Lab. An environmental and resource economist with training in engineering and atmospheric physics, Professor Meng studies the equity and efficiency consequences of environmental policies, with a focus on climate policies. His research explored relationships between past global climatic events and global spatial patterns of violence and food trade; developed new empirical tools for forecasting the cost of climate policy; provided new evidence on the net benefits of groundwater markets; and examined the drivers of long-term clean energy transitions. Professor Meng has published in leading science and economics journals including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Nature, Science, and PNAS.  His research has been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, among other media sources; and he has appeared before the U.S. Congress. Professor Meng received his PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University and his Bachelor’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University. A first-generation immigrant, he was a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.

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