I’m an assistant professor and environmental economist at the Vancouver School of Economics and a member of the Centre for Food, Resource and Environmental Economics (CFREE). I study how people respond to environmental threats like climate change, air pollution, and wildfires.

Matt Lowe and I currently hiring a pre-doc RA for 2020 / 2021! The RA will contribute to a set of field and natural experiment projects in behavioural development and environmental economics. You should apply here, be sure to fill in the separate survey on technical background, and e-mail me if you have any questions.

Some of my recent work includes estimating the impact of temperature on tweets to understand preferences for climate change, assessing the implicit subsidy of federal wildfire suppression, projecting how climate change will alter peak electricity demand, and considering how consumers respond to defaults in electricity consumption. My favorite projects use large datasets, natural language processing, spatial information, or all three; as a result, I do most of my data work in R/RStudio and Python.

Before I joined UBC, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford Center on Food Security and the Environment, a graduate student in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC-Berkeley, and a research assistant at the Energy Institute at Haas.

I can be reached via e-mail at patrick.baylis@ubc.ca or on GitHub.