Jeffrey Shrader

Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs


International Affairs Building, Room 1406

Personal Details

Focus areas: environmental economics, labor economics

Jeffrey Shrader is an Assistant Professor at SIPA. His research areas include environmental and labor economics. His work focuses on the role of expectations and forecasts in helping individuals prepare for changing environmental and economic conditions. This work helps policymakers understand the benefits and limitations of information-based policy interventions and sheds light on the total economic costs of environmental changes. Shrader also studies how individuals choose to use their time and the implications that time use decisions have for economic productivity.

Prior to joining SIPA, he was the 2017–2018 Economic Fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law. At the Institute, he worked to improve federal and state decision-making related to climate, environmental, and energy policies. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego and a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Columbia University.


  • PhD, UC San Diego
  • MA, UC San Diego
  • BA, Columbia University

Honors and Awards

  • Ben Horne Memorial Prize
  • Clive Granger Research Fellowship
  • NOAA Sea Grant
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  • WFA Award for the Best Paper on Financial Institutions
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Columbia University Departmental Honors in Economics

Research And Publications

Time Use and Labor Productivity: The Returns to Sleep (forthcoming)

Jan 2019

Review of Economics and Statistics

Jeffrey Shrader

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In The Media

Jeffrey Shrader and co-authors found in study that making forecasts 50% more accurate would save more lives and have a net value that’s nearly twice the annual budget of the National Weather Service.


Aug 01 2023
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Jeffrey Shrader said “when the forecasts underplayed the risk, even small forecast errors led to more deaths.”

Jul 14 2023
The Conversation

Jeff Shrader and co-authors determined that “making forecasts 50% more accurate would save 2,200 lives per year across the country.”


Jul 13 2023
Los Angeles Times

In a new research paper published in Science magazine, co-author Jeffrey Shrader argues that companies should be required to report how their business affects the climate, largely because of transition risks. 

Oct 12 2022
Phys Org

It's long been assumed higher-income people spend less time sleeping because they spend more time working. But Jeffrey Shrader says you stand to make about five percent more if you catch some Z's.

Nov 05 2019
Yahoo News