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Early-Career Research Fellow - Laura Bakkensen

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University of Arizona


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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Gulf Research Program (NASEM - GRP)

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NASEM Gulf Research Program Fellowships


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Education and Outreach

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Dr. Bakkensen is an assistant professor at the University of Arizona’s School of Government and Public Policy, where she uses applied microeconomic and econometric techniques to analyze the economics of natural disasters, identifying current hazard risks and evidence of adaptation to damages and fatalities across the globe. Dr. Bakkensen received her Ph.D. in environmental and natural resource economics from Yale University. She also holds an M.Phil. in environmental and natural resource economics from Yale University, an M.S. in environment and development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. in economics from Whitman College. As an economist, Dr. Bakkensen researches individual responses, overall community resilience, and policy responses in the face of natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. Her research informs policy on public insurance and regulation, pre- and post-disaster aid, severe weather warnings, and public adaptation projects.


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