Danae Hernandez Cortes

Economics Ph.D. candidate


Santa Barbara, CA




Welcome to my website! I am an Economics Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I am interested in the distributional consequences of environmental policy and environmental justice. Before coming to UCSB, I did my undergrad studies at CIDE, Mexico City.


Working papers

Do Environmental Markets Cause Environmental Injustice? Evidence from California's Carbon Market

With Kyle Meng. [NBER WP 27205]

Droughts and Welfare: Evidence from rural Mexico

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

Work in Progress

Fires, Pollution Redistribution, and the Unintended Consequences of Pollution Control

Modal Choice and Income in Mexico City

With Paulina Oliva and Chris Severen.

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

With Margaret Walls and Andrew Royal.

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 : Environmental Markets with Justice

Kyle Meng and I wrote this blogspot to summarize the main findings of our NBER working paper: Do Environmental Markets Cause Environmental Injustice? Evidence from California's Carbon Market

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.