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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. Professor Meng’s research is primarily in environmental and resource economics, with a focus on advancing our understanding of climate change impacts and policies. An economist with training in engineering and atmospheric physics, Meng uses past evidence to improve forecasts of a future under anthropogenic climate change. Examples include exploring relationships between past global climatic events and global spatial patterns of violence and food trade; using betting markets to forecast the cost of climate policy; quantifying the climatic drivers of recent fishery collapse; and studying the long-term dynamics of historical clean energy transitions. His research has appeared in leading economics and science journals, including the American Economic Review, Nature, and PNAS. Past research has been supported by the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and the National Science Foundation. Meng received his Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from Columbia University and his B.S.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University.