Chang Cai

Chang Cai

PhD Student in Applied Economics

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

About

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Illinois. My research interests focus on issues related to parks, outdoor recreation, and adaptation to climate change and extreme events. I’m currently working to understand how tourists perceive and respond to raging wildfires and wildfire smoke in national parks. My research frequently explores the use of interesting geospatial data and leverages the tools of causal inference and machine learning.

You can download my CV here.

Interests
  • Environmental Economics
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Maching Learning
Education
  • Ph.D. in Agricultural and Consumer Economics, 2022*

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  • M.S. in Economics, 2013

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  • B.A. in International Business, 2012

    Huazhong Univeristy of Science and Technology

📃 Working Papers

The Spatial Travel Pattern of Recreationists and Perceived Social Values at Denali National Park

Teaching

Teaching Assistant

UIUC

  • ACE 100: Introduction to Applied Microeconomics (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Fall 2020)
  • ACE 449: Retirement & Benefit Planning (2020 Spring)
  • ACE 264: Applied Statistical Methods & Data Analytics 2 (2021 Spring)

Software

R
Python
GIS

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