Hannah Druckenmiller

University Fellow

Hannah Druckenmiller is an environmental economist and assistant professor economics at the California Institute of Technology. Her research aims to provide empirically based estimates for the environmental benefits and economic costs associated with natural resource protection. For example, she has experience quantifying the flood mitigation value of natural lands, developing new approaches for accounting for ecosystem services in climate policy, and identifying cost-effective climate adaptation solutions.

Druckenmiller also has a strong interest in developing novel data and methods to enable progress on historically intractable problems in these areas of research. For example, she developed the spatial first differences research design in collaboration with Solomon Hsiang to identify causal effects in cross-sectional data. In ongoing work, she is applying machine learning to vast archives of historical aerial photography to better measure and understand long-run relationships between environmental change and human development.

Druckenmiller received her PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics in 2021 from UC Berkeley, where she was a doctoral fellow at the Global Policy Lab and a NSF Graduate Research Fellow. She was a fellow at RFF between 2021 and 2023.


  • PhD in agricultural and resource economics, University of California, Berkeley, 2021
  • MS in agricultural and resource economics, University of California, Berkeley, 2018
  • BS in earth systems, Stanford University, 2014

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