Mailing Address: 
Room 332 Monroe Hall
Department of Economics
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Contact Information:

E-mail:  
jonathan.colmer@virginia.edu
Phone (Office): 434-924-3525
               












I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia. My research focusses on Environmental and Development Economics.

Research Interests: 

  • Environmental and Energy Economics, 
  • Growth and Development, 
  • Public Economics,
  • Labor Economics, 
  • International Trade.
Awards:
  • Winner of the FEEM Award 2013 (Young Economist Prize awarded by the European Economic Association).

Agricultural workers in India are relatively able to move across sectors within casual activities in response to weather-driven changes in agricultural productivity. This reallocation of workers could offset the aggregate consequences of weather-driven changes in agricultural productivity by up to 42%, provided that the direct effects of temperature on manufacturing are mitigated.


Uncertainty about future income has a direct effect on individual welfare. Consequently, the gains from further consumption smoothing are likely to be substantially greater than estimates based solely on observed consumption fluctuations.


Increases in parental income uncertainty are associated with reductions in child labor and increases in educational attainment. Evidence points to an income income diversification mechanism. However, in the earlier stages of childhood an increase in parental income uncertainty is associated with a reduction in educational attainment, consistent with a precautionary savings response. This negative relationship weakens and reverses as the child grows older and the returns to education, and consequently diversification increase.