I am a PhD Candidate at the Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, under the supervision of Dr. Bruce McCarl.
My research mainly focuses on environmental economics and applied econometrics. Most of my works closely relate to climate change. I have covered three topics: The economic driving forces of climate change, the impacts of climate change, and how to use market-incentive mechanisms to curb emissions. I also have a particular interest on casual studies (policy evaluations to be more precise).
Currently, I am working on a project which examines the effects of ozone exposure (that is “bad” ozone on the surface, not the “good” ozone in the space) on crop yields in both the United States and China. The latter one is funded by the Fifth Round of IPCC Scholarship Programme and the Cuomo Foundation, please find more information from here.
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PhD in Agricultural Economics, 2017-
Texas A&M University
MA in Public Management, 2015
Beijing Institute of Technology
Climate change has been shown to impose significant threats to the agricultural sector. Understanding the climate change impacts on agricultural productivity is critical for fostering effective adaptation stargates. A large body of relevant studies was conducted in developed countries, such research is scarce for emerging economies that are considerably more vulnerable to climate change. Moreover, solid evidence of the climate change impacts on wheat is still scent. In this paper, we aim to fill this gap by empirically examining the impacts of climate change on winter wheat yield in China. We compiled a unique data set consisted of hourly temperature variations and county-level agricultural data from 1981 to 2015. Unlike most of the previous studies, we allow winter wheat’s responses to weather fluctuation to vary across the season (growing stages) which is meaningful given winter wheat has a relatively long growing period. Our findings indicate that heat in the fall and freezing in the early spring is the most evident drivers of yield losses. For future yield consequences under climate change, we highlight the importance of accounting for the potential benefits stemmed from the reduction of freezing days. If such effects were omitted, the damages of climate change will be significantly overstated (a yield reduction of 5.5% vs 0.5% under a uniform warming scenario of 1 degree). Our results lead to potential adaptation strategies such as moving the wheat planting areas to regions with a warmer and more moisture climate. Besides, lending more agricultural resources from summer crops to winter wheat might also be desirable for securing food supply in future climate.
Surface ozone pollution has been proven to impose significant damages on crops. However, the quantification of the damages was extensively derived from chamber experiments, which is not representative of actual results in farm fields due to the limitations of spatial scale, time window, etc. In this work, we attempt to empirically fill this gap using county level data in the United States from 1980 to 2015. We explore ozone impacts on corn, soybeans, spring wheat, winter wheat, barley, cotton, peanuts, rice, sorghum, and sunflower. We also incorporate a variety of climate variables to investigate potential ozone-climate interactions. More importantly, we shed light on future yield consequences of ozone and climate change individually and jointly under a moderate warming scenario. Our findings suggest significant negative impacts of ozone exposure for eight of the ten crops we examined, excepting barley and winter wheat, which contradicts experimental results. The average annual damages were estimated at $6.03 billion (in 2015 U.S. dollar) from 1980 to 2015. We also find rising temperatures tend to worsen ozone damages while water supply would mitigate that. Finally, elevated ozone driven by future climate change would cause much smaller damages than the direct effects of climate change itself.