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Associate Professor of Environmental Economics, University of California, Los Angeles

Alan Barreca is an Associate Professor in the Institute of the Environment & Sustainability at University of California-Los Angeles.

He earned his PhD in Economics from University of California-Davis in 2008.

Prof. Barreca’s research helps advance our understanding of the effects of climatic shocks on human health, especially for children and pregnant women.


  • 2017–present
    Associate professor, UCLA
  • 2014–2017
    Associate professor, Tulane University
  • 2008–2014
    Assistant professor, Tulane University


  • 2008 
    University of California-Davis, PhD


  • 2018
    Does Hot Weather Affect Human Fertility?, IZA World of Labor
  • 2018
    Maybe Next Month? Temperature Shocks and Dynamic Adjustments in Birth Rates, Demography
  • 2016
    Heaping-Induced Bias in Regression Discontinuity Designs, Economic Inquiry
  • 2016
    Adapting to Climate Change: The Remarkable Decline in the U.S. Temperature Mortality Relationship over the 20th Century, Journal of Political Economy
  • 2016
    Success is Something to Sneeze At: Influenza Mortality in Cities that Participate in the Super Bowl, American Journal of Health Economics
  • 2015
    Convergence in Adaptation to Climate Change: Evidence from High Temperatures and Mortality, 1900-2004, American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings
  • 2015
    A Pint for a Pound? Minimum drinking age laws and birth outcomes, Health Economics
  • 2012
    Climate Change, Humidity, and Mortality in the United States, Journal of Environmental Econ and Mngmt
  • 2012
    Absolute Humidity, Temperature, and Influenza Mortality: 30 Years of County-Level Evidence from the United States, American Journal of Epidemiology
  • 2012
    Agricultural Policy, Migration, and Malaria in the United States in the 1930s, Explorations in Economic History
  • 2011
    Saving Babies? Revisiting the Effect of Very Low Birth Weight Classification, Quarterly Journal of Economics
  • 2010
    The Long-Term Economic Impact of In Utero and Postnatal Exposure to Malaria, Journal of Human Resources

Professional Memberships

  • American Economic Association