Bianca Cecato

Bianca Cecato

PhD candidate


Welcome to my website!

I am a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. I am studying topics at the intersection of economics and the environment. My main research currently focuses on investigating the impact of newspaper closures on monitoring and enforcement of environmental regulations in the United States. My other projects focus on developing countries, more specifically on how internal migration can offset losses in consumption caused by weather and climate shocks in Indonesia, and on lead pollution and education outcomes in Mexico. I hold an MA in Economics at PUC-Rio, in Brazil. Before joining UBC, I worked as a research analyst for the Office of the Chief Economist, Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank in Washington DC, on projects related to labor markets in Latin America. When I am not in front of my computer, you can find me here.

  • Environmental economics
  • Sustainability
  • Climate change economics
  • Applied econometrics
  • PhD in Environment and Resource Economics, Expected 2023

    University of British Columbia

  • MA in Economics, 2015

    PUC - Rio

  • BA in Economics, 2012

    FGV - Rio


Working Papers

“Newspapers, Information, and Enforcement of Environmental Laws” [Job Market Paper]

“Can Migration Mitigate Weather and Climate Damages?”, with Frederik Noack and Patrick Baylis

Work in Progress

“The Impact of Lead Exposure on Education: Evidence from Mexico”, with Erin Litzow and Tatiana Zarete

Abstract [Draft Available upon Request]

Policy Reports

Lower Fraser Valley Visual Air Quality Pilot Study, in partnership with Metro Vancouver. UBC Sustainability Scholars report, 2019.