Danae Hernandez Cortes

Economics Ph.D. student


Santa Barbara, CA




Welcome to my website! I am an Economics Ph.D. student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I am interested in the distributional consequences of environmental policy and environmental justice.


Ongoing research projects

Hurricanes and U.S. County-to-County Migration

With Margaret Walls and Andrew Royal.

Working papers

California's carbon market alleviates environmental injustice

With Kyle Meng. [submitted, available upon request]

Droughts and Welfare: Evidence from rural Mexico

With Alejandro Lopez-Feldman and Eva O. Arceo-Gomez. [submitted, available upon request]

Published work


Are land values related to ambient air pollution levels? Hedonic evidence from Mexico City.

Chakraborti, L., Heres, D., & Hernandez Cortes, D.

Environment and Development Economics, 24(3), 252-270.

Cambio climático y agricultura: una revisión de la literatura con énfasis en América Latina.

López Feldman, A. J., & Hernández Cortés, D.

El trimestre económico, 83(332), 459-496.

Other work

Mexican Rural Households’ Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change

With Alejandro Lopez-Feldman, Antonio Yunez-Naude, Alan Hernandez-Solano, J.E. Edward Taylor

The link between clean air policy and climate change in Mexico: Building an agenda for evaluation and research.

With Paulina Oliva, Marco A. Heredia Fragoso, Victor H. Páramo Figueroa, Teresita Romero Torres, Jose Abraham Ortinez Alvarez, Giovanna Montagner, and Karla J. Lopez Nava


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emLab’s Our 2 Cents Blog : Why do we need justice in environmental policy

This blogpost explains why environmental justice is important when analyzing policy and mentions ongoing work with Kyle Meng on the environmental justice consequences of cap and trade in California

Resources for the Future Blog: Recovering from Disasters: Evaluating FEMA’s Housing Assistance Program in the 2017 Hurricane Season

I was an intern in Resources for the Future during the summer of 2018. Margaret Walls and I wrote this blogpost explains the distribution of disaster assistance in the U.S. during the 2017 hurricane season.