Former staff
Left to work at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego.


  • Teevrat Garg

    Former Research Officer

    Teevrat was a researcher with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment from August 2015 until July 2016 when he took up a position as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego.

    Whilst at the Institute Teevrat worked on a variety of issues in economics, with a focus on applications to environmental problems in poor countries. His research projects included uncovering causal mechanisms that link ecosystem health to human health, solutions to the ‘commons’ problem with an emphasis on irrigation in rural communities in poor countries and the distributional consequences of adaptation to climate change. He liaised actively with international organizations such as the World Bank. In addition to working with economists, Teevrat worked with scholars from a range of disciplines including public health, ecology, evolutionary biology, geography, animal science, computer science and earth and atmospheric sciences.


    Teevrat completed his PhD at Cornell University in 2015 under the direction of Prof. Chris Barrett. Two papers in his dissertation, “Essays in Environmental and Development Economics” won the Warren Award for best papers written by a graduate student in applied economics at Cornell University. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Mathematics and an A.B. in Economics from Lafayette College in Easton, PA in May 2010.

    Research Interests

    • Environmental Economics
    • Development Economics
    • Environmental Health
    • Public Economics


    Research article  26 July, 2016

    Well-being dynamics and poverty traps

    A sound understanding of poverty traps – defined as poverty that is self-reinforcing due to the poor’s equilibrium behaviors—and their underlying mechanisms is fundamentally important to the development of … read more »

    Working paper  6 April, 2016

    (Not so) Gently down the stream: river pollution and health in Indonesia

    Waterborne diseases are the leading cause of mortality in developing countries. We emphasize a previously ignored cause of diarrhea – upstream river bathing. Using newly constructed data on upstream-downstream hydrological … read more »

    Working paper  20 January, 2016

    Well-being dynamics and poverty traps

    This paper reviews the theoretical and empirical evidence on single and multiple equilibria poverty traps at the macro, meso, and, especially, micro levels. read more »

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    In the news  16 June, 2016

    AERE Summer Conference: Papers on Developing Countries

    Round-up papers on Developing Countries presented at the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists Summer Conference. 15 June 2016.

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