This paper exploits an unusual transportation situation to estimate the value of statistical life, by estimating the trade-offs individuals are willing to make between mortality risk and cost as they travel to and from the international airport in Sierra Leone. These revealed preference VSL estimates inform current public debates in Sierra Leone and elsewhere in Africa regarding the desirability of new transportation infrastructure investments. Joint work with Gianmarco Leon, the paper was recently released as an NBER working paper
Ted gave the Keynote Speech at the 2013 Center for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) conference at Oxford University. He presented results from his paper Quantifying the Influence of Climate on Human Conflict, which he co-authored with Solomon Hsiang and Marshall Burke and recently appeared in Science. See the video here.