Richard Hornbeck

Richard Hornbeck is the Dunwalke Associate Professor of American History in the Economics Department at Harvard University. His research focuses on the historical development of the American economy, related often to three themes: the importance of property rights and contracting failures; market integration and agglomeration spillovers; and connections between agriculture, technology, and the environment. History helps to understand what is both universal and unusual about the modern economy, so history continues to provide new economic lessons even as research builds on the work of those who have come before. Richard received his PhD in economics from MIT in 2009, and a BA in economics from the University of Chicago in 2004.

Content by Richard Hornbeck
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    Data: Effects of climate change on low-lying and flood-prone areas: The case of Bangladesh

    Exposure to abnormal floods is believed to have negative short- and long-term consequences for welfare and health in poor countries, and such impacts are likely to grow worse with continued anthropogenic climate change. However, two common proxies for flood exposure, self-reported exposure and rainfall, are problematic. This paper describes a method for constructing...

    1 Mar 2019

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    Effects of Climate Change on Low-lying and Flood-prone Areas: The case of Bangladesh

    Global climate change is likely to cause rising sea levels and increased frequency and severity of flooding in low-lying areas. Evidence is needed on the magnitude and distribution of potential impacts, as well on possible avenues for adaptation. This study will quantify the potential impacts of climate change in Bangladesh, one of the world’s most vulnerable nations....

    4 Sep 2014 | Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Raymond Guiteras, Richard Hornbeck