Honors & Awards

  • EPA STAR Fellow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2014-2017)
  • Fulbright Fellow - New Zealand, U.S. Department of State (2011)

Professional Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University (2010)
  • Diploma, Victoria University Of Wellington (2011)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University (2020)
  • Master of Science, Colorado State University (2014)
  • PhD, Harvard University, Public Policy (2020)
  • MS, Colorado State University, Agricultural and Resource Economics (2014)
  • PGDip, Victoria University of Wellington, Environmental Management (2011)
  • AB, Harvard University, Economics (2010)

Stanford Advisors

All Publications

  • Learning is inhibited by heat exposure, both internationally and within the United States. Nature human behaviour Park, R. J., Goodman, J., Behrer, A. P. 2020


    Human capital generally, and cognitive skills specifically, play a crucial role in determining economic mobility and macroeconomic growth. While elevated temperatures have been shown to impair short-run cognitive performance, much less is known about whether heat exposure affects the rate of skill formation. We combine standardized achievement data for 58 countries and 12,000 US school districts with detailed weather and academic calendar information to show that the rate of learning decreases with an increase in the number of hot school days. These results provide evidence that climatic differences may contribute to differences in educational achievement both across countries and within countries by socioeconomic status and that may have important implications for the magnitude and functional form of climate damages in coupled human-natural systems.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/s41562-020-00959-9

    View details for PubMedID 33020588