Professor S. Niggol Seo is a natural resource economist who specializes in the study of global warming. Born in a rural village in South Korea in 1972, he studied at a doctoral degree program at the University of California at Berkeley and received a Ph.D. degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from Yale Universityin May 2006 with a dissertation on micro-behavioral models of global warming. While at Yale, he learned from Professors Robert Mendelsohn and William Nordhaus on the economics of global warming. Since 2003, he has worked on various World Bank projects on climate change in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. He held Professor positions in the UK, Spain, and Australia from 2006 to 2015.
Prof. Seo has published three books and over 50 international journal articles on global warming and presented his works in 17 countries. He frequently serves as a journal referee for about 30 international journals and has been on the editorial boards of the two journals: Food Policy, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. He has advised a number of governmental and international organizations including the French National Research Agency (ANR) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Among the academic honors he has received are a Chancellor’s Honor upon graduation from Seoul National University and a full scholarship and stipend support from Yale University for the Ph.D. degree program. He received an Outstanding Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy Article Award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in Pittsburgh in June 2011. He is listed in the Who’s Who in the World published by Marquis since 2011.
Featured in the Media
Tropical Cyclones: Is Global Warming Making Them Worse? October 24, 2014.
South China Morning Post:
The huge fracture down the middle of the BRICS. March 28, 2012.
Mixed crop-livestock farming could help adaptation in Africa. March 18, 2010.
S. Niggol Seo, Ph.D.
Research, Publications, Profile
of Global Warming Studies
Seo SN (2017) The Behavioral Economics of Climate Change: Adaptation Behaviors, Global Public Goods, Breakthrough Technologies, and Policy-Making. Academic Press, Elsevier.
Seo SN (2016) Microbehavioral Econometric Methods: Theories, Models, and Applications for the Study of Environmental and Natural Resources. Academic Press, Elsevier. (@ Amazon)
Seo SN (2015) Micro-Behavioral Economics of Global Warming: Modeling Adaptation Strategies in Agricultural and Natural Resource Enterprises. Springer International Publishing, Springer. (@ Barnes & Noble)
Seo SN (2006) Modeling Farmer Responses to Climate Change: Measuring Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations in Livestock Management in Africa. Ph.D. dissertation, Yale University, New Haven.
Seo SN, Bakkensen LA (2017) Is tropical cyclone surge, not intensity, what kills so many people in South Asia? Weather, Climate, and Society. American Meteorological Society (forthcoming).
Seo SN (2016) The micro-behavioral framework for estimating total damage of global warming on natural resource enterprises with full adaptations. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics. 10.1007/s13253.016.0249-2. Published jointly by the International Biometric Society and the American Statistical Association.
Seo SN, Bakkensen LA (2016) Did adaptation strategies work? High fatalities from tropical cyclones in the North Indian Ocean and future vulnerability under global warming. Natural Hazards 82:1341-1355.
Seo SN (2016) Untold tales of goats in deadly Indian monsoons:
Adapt or rain-retreat under global warming? Journal of Extreme Events. DOI: 10.1142/S2345737616500019
Seo SN (2016) A theory of global public goods and their provisions. Journal of Public Affairs. DOI: 10.1002/pa.1601.
Seo SN (2016) Modeling farmer adaptations to climate change in South America: A micro-behavioral economic perspective. Environmental and Ecological Statistics 23: 1-21.
Seo SN (2015) Adapting to extreme climates: raising animals in hot and arid ecosystems in Australia. International Journal of Biometeorology 59: 541-550. International Society of Biometeorology.
Seo SN (2015) Fatalities of neglect: adapt to more intense hurricanes? International Journal of Climatology 35: 3505-3514. (Royal Meteorological Society)
Seo SN (2015) Adaptation to global warming as an optimal transition process to a greenhouse world. Economic Affairs35: 272-284. Institute of Economic Affairs, London.
Seo SN (2015) Helping low-latitude poor countries with climate change. Regulation. Winter 2015-2016: 6-8. Cato Institute, Washington DC.
Seo SN (2014) Evaluation of Agro-Ecological Zone methods for the study of climate change with micro farming decisions in sub-Saharan Africa. European Journal of Agronomy 52:157- 165. European Society for Agronomy.
Seo SN (2014) Estimating tropical cyclone damages under climate change in the Southern Hemisphere using reported damages. Environmental and Resource Economics 58: 473-490. European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.
Seo SN (2014) Coupling climate risks, eco-systems, and anthropogenic decisions using South American and sub-Saharan farming activities. Meteorological Applications 21: 848-858. Royal Meteorological Society
Seo SN (2014) Adapting sensibly when global warming turns the field brown or blue: A comment on the 2014 IPCC Report. Economic Affairs 34: 399-401. Institute of Economic Affairs, London.
Seo SN (2013) An essay on the impact of climate change on US agriculture: weather fluctuations, climatic shifts, and adaptation strategies. Climatic Change 121: 115-124.
Seo SN (2013) Refining spatial resolution and spillovers of a microeconometric model of adapting portfolios to climate change. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 18: 1019-1034.
Seo SN (2013) Economics of global warming as a global public good: private incentives and smart adaptations. Regional Science Policy and Practice 5: 83-95. (Regional Science Association International)
Seo SN (2012) Decision making under climate risks: an analysis of sub-Saharan farmers' adaptation behaviors. Weather, Climate, and Society 4: 285-299. (American Meteorological Society)
Seo SN (2012) Adaptation behaviors across ecosystems under global warming: a spatial micro-econometric model of the rural economy in South America. Papers in Regional Science 91: 849-871. (Regional Science Association International)
Seo SN (2012) Adapting natural resource enterprises under global warming in South America: a mixed logit analysis. Economia: The Journal of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association 12: 111-135. (Brookings Institution Press)
Seo SN (2012) What eludes international agreements on climate change? The economics of global public goods. Economic Affairs 32 (2): 74-80. (Institute of Economic Affairs, London)
Seo SN (2012) Lessons for temperature limits from the US debt ceiling debates. Economic Affairs 32 (1): 75-77.
Seo SN, McCarl B (2011) Managing livestock species under global warming in Australia. Animals 1: 343-365.
Seo SN (2011) A geographically scaled spatial analysis of adaptation to climate change by agricultural systems in Africa. Journal of Agricultural Science 149: 437-449.
Seo SN (2011) The impacts of climate change on Australia and New Zealand: a Gross Cell Product analysis by land cover. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 55: 220-239.
Seo SN (2011) Is an integrated farm more resilient against climate change? A micro-econometric analysis of portfolio diversification in African agriculture: reply. Food Policy 36: 145-146.
Seo SN (2011) An analysis of public adaptation to climate change using agricultural water schemes in South America. Ecological Economics 70: 825-834.
Seo SN, McCarl B, Mendelsohn R (2010) From beef cattle to sheep under global warming? An analysis of adaptation by livestock species choice in South America. Ecological Economics 69: 2486-2494.
Seo SN (2010) A microeconometric analysis of adapting portfolios to climate change: adoption of agricultural systems in Latin America. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 32: 489-514.
Seo SN (2010) Managing forests, livestock, and crops under global warming: a micro-econometric analysis of land use in Africa. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 54: 239-258.
Seo SN (2010) Keys to economics of global warming: A critique of the dismal theorem. Economics Bulletin 30(1): 130-138.
Seo SN (2010) Is an integrated farm more resilient against climate change? A micro-econometric analysis of portfolio diversification in African agriculture. Food Policy 35: 32-40.
Seo SN (2009) Designing a climate policy: a carbon tax approach with adaptation funds. Energy and Environment 20(6): 961-966.
Seo SN, Mendelsohn R, Dinar A, Hassan R, Kurukulasuriya P (2009) A Ricardian analysis of the distribution of climate change impacts on agriculture across Agro-Ecological Zones in Africa. Environmental and Resource Economics 43(3): 313-332. (European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics)
Seo SN, Mendelsohn R, Dinar A, Kurukulasuriya P (2009) Adapting to climate change mosaically: an analysis of African livestock management across Agro-Ecological Zones. The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy. Volume 7, Issue 2, Article 4.
Seo SN (2008) Assessing relative performance of econometric models in measuring the impacts of climate change on agriculture using spatial autoregression. The Review of Regional Studies 38: 195-209.
Seo SN, Mendelsohn R (2008) Measuring impacts and adaptations to climate change: a structural Ricardian model of African livestock management. Agricultural Economics 38 (2): 151-165.
Seo SN, Mendelsohn R (2008) An analysis of crop choice: adapting to climate change in South American farms. Ecological Economics 67: 109-116.
Seo SN, Mendelsohn R (2008) Animal husbandry in Africa: climate change impacts and adaptations. African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 2: 65-82.
Seo SN, Mendelsohn R (2008) A Ricardian analysis of the impact of climate change on South American farms. Chilean Journal of Agricultural Research 68: 69-79.
Seo SN (2007) Is Stern Review on climate change alarmist? Energy and Environment 18: 521-532.
Kurukulasuriya P, Mendelsohn R, Hassan R, Seo SN, Dinar A, and others (2006) Will African agriculture survive climate change? World Bank Economic Review 20: 367-388.
Seo SN, Mendelsohn R, Munasinghe M (2005) Climate change and agriculture in Sri Lanka: a Ricardian valuation. Environment and Development Economics 10: 581-596.
Book Chapters and Professional Articles
Seo SN (2012) An Analysis of the Choice of Livestock Species under Global Warming in African and Latin American Farms. In. R. Mendelsohn and A. Dinar (eds.). Handbook of Climate Change and Agriculture. Edward Elgar Publishing, London.
Seo SN (2012) Snowy Mountains in Tibet: An Essay on Global Warming in the Land of Snows. Tibetan Review. March 2012: 21-22.
Mendelsohn R, Avila F, Seo SN (2007) Project: Incorporation of the Climate Change to the Strategies of Rural Development: Synthesis of the Latin American Results. Procisur: Montevideo, Uruguay.
Publications at World Bank Policy Research Series
Publications at Encyclopedia of Earth