New Faculty Profile: Eric Zou, Assistant Professor, Economics
Eric Zou’s research is in the economics of pollution prevention. Eric uses a combination of large environmental datasets and modern econometric techniques to document emerging pollution sources, to understand where and why the public is often not adequately protected from these pollution sources, and to provide practical insights for the efficient design and the effective enforcement of pollution regulations. In his ongoing research, Eric documents the increasing population exposure to air pollution events caused by drifting wildfire smoke plumes, the noise resulting from the rising use of large-scale industrial machineries, and the impacts of these environmental hazards on human health and well-being in general. Eric received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2018. He is also a proud alumnus of East China Normal University where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics.