Laura Bakkensen

Ph.D. Candidate (Environmental Economics)

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Mailing Address
Yale School of Forestry &
Environmental Studies
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511



M.Phil. Environmental Economics, Yale University
M.Sc. Environment and Development, London School of Economics
B.A. Economics, Whitman College

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I am a doctoral candidate in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. I utilize applied microeconomic and econometric techniques to study the economics of natural disasters, identifying current hazard risks and evidence of adaptation to hurricane damages and fatalities across the globe. Using an interdisciplinary Tropical Cyclone Integrated Assessment Model, I quantify the impacts of climate and socioeconomic change on disaster losses. My research informs policy on insurance regulation, post-disaster aid, hurricane warnings, and public adaptation projects. I am also a member of Yale's Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Group. I am currently a visiting researcher at the Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change in Venice, Italy and previously received a Fulbright Teaching Grant to South Korea. Please visit my website for more information about my research, publications, and teaching.