BEA online research seminar – Tatyana Deryugina

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to the next Baltic Economic Association Online Research Seminars and are delighted to welcome Tatyana Deryugina (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). In normal times, Tatyana is an Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her work focuses on the economics of natural disasters, air pollution, and other environmental shocks. Taytana has published in leading economics journals, including the American Economic Review. She is a co-editor at the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (JAERE) and at Environmental and Energy Policy and the Economy (EEPE). She also serves on the board of editors of American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (AEJ: Policy). Tatyana iscurrently spending most of her spare time doing what she can to stop the war and war crimes in Ukraine. She publishes about her work and the opportunities to help on her personal website ( and on twitter (

Speaker: Tatyana Deryugina (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). 

More about the speaker:

Title: Pollution and Mortality in the United States: Evidence from 1972- 1988 (with Julian Reif)

Abstract: We estimate the effects of sulfur dioxide (SO2) exposure on short- and long-run mortality in the US over the period 1972-1988. Using wind direction as an instrument for changes in daily SO2 levels, we estimate that a one-day, one part-per-billion increase in SO2 raises all-age mortality by 0.18 deaths per million over the next four weeks. This immediate mortality increase is concentrated among the elderly. We then calibrate a dynamic production model of health using our short-run estimates. The model suggests that the 1972-1988 reductions in SO2 can explain a meaningful share of the observed mortality decline over this time period.

Date: Thursday, March 31

Time: 16:00 Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn


Meeting ID: 821 2683 6795
Passcode: 860302

Message from the Board – War in Ukraine

The Baltic Economic Association stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and its academic community. We cannot find strong enough words to condemn Russia’s invasion. 

The first aim of the BEA is to contribute to the development of economics as an evidence-based discipline in the region. The ongoing massive disinformation campaign aiming at justifying this attack is against everything we stand for. 

The second aim of the Association is to promote intellectual exchanges between economists in the region. We developed close ties with the Kyiv School of Economics, which for instance contributes to the Baltic Journal of Economics. We are deeply concerned by the safety of our colleagues and their students. 

Expression of support must be accompanied by acts. The Kyiv School of Economics is raising fund for humanitarian purposes. We kindly ask you to consider a donation (EUR/USD/UAH/crypto):

They are also doing an amazing work organizing debates with international experts on the latest development of the conflict. Follow KSE (@KyivSchool), Tymofiy Mylovanov (@Mylovanov) and Tymofii Brik (@brik_t) on Twitter for more information.  

The BEA is willing to act as an interface between its institutional members and Ukrainian economists. We will centralise and financially support visiting programs for Ukrainian economists in the Baltics. More information coming soon. 

Finally, a few months ago, some of our colleagues at BEROC (Belarus) had to fly to Kyiv to escape from repression because of their academic work. We also think about them.