Tatyana Deryugina

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Contact Information

4050 BIF
515 East Gregory Drive
Champaign, IL, 61820
Assistant Professor of Finance


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research interests lie broadly in environmental, public, and behavioral economics. I am specifically interested in the short- and long-run impacts of natural disasters and how these are mediated by social policy and disaster aid. I also study the health effects and distributional impacts of air pollution and how these have changed over time. Finally, I continue to investigate how people form and update their beliefs about the occurrence and likely consequences of climate change.

On my research page, you can see which projects have been successfully completed or are on deck. You can also click here to download a PDF of my full CV (updated June 2019). My longer-term goals include describing which insurance markets around the world seem to function “well” (if any!) and making progress on understanding what drives individuals' insurance decisions.

In my spare time, I am working on Academic Sequitur, a subscription service/website that helps academics stay up to date on research. I also like to Tweet and blog to share my thoughts on various topics with the world and add a (hopefully) reasonable voice to our public discourse. I have a blog post with suggestions for how graduate students should go about developing research ideas, a series of blog posts about how to judge the validity of a scientific study (1234, and counting…), and what people mean when they write "This is a fruitful area for future research". Oh, and once I wrote a post about genetic engineering.

I received my PhD in Economics from MIT in February 2012. I am also a proud alumna of UC Berkeley. In 2006, I received a BA in Applied Mathematics and a BS in Environmental Economics and Policy from Cal.

Research Interests

Environmental Economics, Behavioral Economics, and Public Finance


Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012
B.S., Summa Cum Laude, Environmental Economics & Policy, University of California at Berkeley, 2006
B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Applied Mathematics, University of California at Berkeley, 2006

Awards and Honors

List of Teachers Ranked As Excellent by Their Students, UIUC, 2012, 2015, 2017

Courses Taught

Environmental Economics, Microeconomics

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Finance

Recent Publications

Deryugina, T., & Kirwan, B. (2018). DOES THE SAMARITAN'S DILEMMA MATTER? EVIDENCE FROM U.S. AGRICULTURE. Economic Inquiry, 56(2), 983-1006. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12527

Deryugina, T., Kawano, L., & Levitt, S. (2018). The economic impact of hurricane Katrina on its victims: Evidence from individual tax returns. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 10(2), 202-233. https://doi.org/10.1257/app.20160307

Deryugina, T., & Konar, M. (2017). Impacts of crop insurance on water withdrawals for irrigation. Advances in Water Resources, 110, 437-444. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.advwatres.2017.03.013

Deryugina, T. (2017). The fiscal cost of hurricanes: Disaster aid versus social insurance. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 9(3), 168-198. https://doi.org/10.1257/pol.20140296

Deryugina, T., & Shurchkov, O. (2016). The effect of information provision on public consensus about climate change. PloS one, 11(4), [e0151469]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0151469

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