Bio


Chikara Onda is a PhD candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER) His research focuses on the distributional impacts of climate and energy policies. His current research builds a climate policy model linked to a microeconometrically estimated labor choice model to simulate the impact of carbon pricing on labor and how this impact might differ across income groups. This model can be used to consider different policy designs, with an eye towards mitigating any negative impacts on low-income households.,

Chikara worked for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in 2016, where he worked on the U.S. Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization, a long-term planning document submitted to the UNFCCC pursuant to the Paris Accord. Chikara has also worked at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Chikara was born in Texas and grew up in France. He holds an MPA in Economics and Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a BA in Economics and Environmental Science from Columbia University.

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Chikara studies the distributional impacts of climate and energy policies. His current research builds a climate policy model linked to a microeconometrically estimated labor choice model to simulate the impact of carbon pricing on labor and how this impact might differ across income groups. This model can be used to consider different policy designs, with an eye towards mitigating any negative impacts on low-income households.

All Publications


  • DISTRIBUTIONAL IMPLICATIONS OF A NATIONAL CO2 TAX IN THE U.S. ACROSS INCOME CLASSES AND REGIONS: A MULTI-MODEL OVERVIEW CLIMATE CHANGE ECONOMICS Caron, J., Cole, J., Goettle, R., Onda, C., McFarland, J., Woollacott, J. 2018; 9 (1)
  • CLIMATE ECONOMICS. Opportunities for advances in climate change economics. Science Burke, M., Craxton, M., Kolstad, C. D., ONDA, C., Allcott, H., Baker, E., Barrage, L., Carson, R., Gillingham, K., Graff-Zivin, J., Greenstone, M., Hallegatte, S., Hanemann, W. M., Heal, G., Hsiang, S., Jones, B., Kelly, D. L., Kopp, R., Kotchen, M., Mendelsohn, R., Meng, K., METCALF, G., Moreno-Cruz, J., Pindyck, R., Rose, S., Rudik, I., Stock, J., Tol, R. S. 2016; 352 (6283): 292-293

    View details for DOI 10.1126/science.aad9634

    View details for PubMedID 27081055

  • Some Research Challenges in the Economics of Climate Change Climate Change Economics Burke, M., Craxton, M., Kolstad, C. D., Onda, C. 2016; 7 (2)
  • The Influence of the Specification of Climate Change Damages on the Social Cost of Carbon ECONOMICS-THE OPEN ACCESS OPEN-ASSESSMENT E-JOURNAL Kopp, R. E., Golub, A., Keohane, N. O., Onda, C. 2012; 6