J. Cristobal Ruiz-Tagle V.

PhD Agricultural and Resource Economics

University of Maryland - College Park, MD


I am a Postdoctoral Economist at the Office of the Chief Economist of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). My areas of research are Environmental Health Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Experimental and Behavioral Economics.

My research focuses on estimating the adverse effects of air pollution on human health. Using data from Chile, my research looks at the effects of exposure to airborne particular matter and carbon monoxide on infant mortality, on urgent care visits and on the probability of miscarriage. As air pollution is a growing problem in developing and emerging economies, policy efforts to reduce air pollution should be backed by evidence-based analysis. My research provides important tools to value key health benefits from reducing air pollution, which are of crucial interest for conducting cost-benefit analysis of policies that reduce air pollution concentrations in countries experiencing these problems.

I received a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics and MA in Economics from the University of Maryland and a MA and Bachelor degree from Universidad de Chile. I previously worked as research consultant for the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank.