J. Cristobal Ruiz-Tagle V.

PhD Candidate

Agricultural and Resource Economics

University of Maryland - College Park, MD


I am a PhD candidate and a research consultant with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). My areas of research are Environmental Health Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Experimental and Behavioral Economics. I am on the job market this year and will attend the 2018 ASSA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

My dissertation research focuses on estimating the adverse effects of air pollution on human health. Using data from Chile, my dissertation 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.

Currently, I am the Principal Investigator of an IDB funded RCT project that is conducting a behavioral intervention that tests strategies to reduce pollution emissions from wood-stoves in cities of central-south Chile.

Also, I have previously conducted research on economic experiments on the drivers of voluntary contributions to public goods.

I received 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 and research fellow at IDB's Research Department.