Yating Chuang, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA

UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, 619 Charles E. Young Drive East, LaKretz Hall – Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA

Campus Mailcode: 149606



Yating Chuang is a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Corporate Environmental Performance and the California Center for Sustainable Communities within the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Her current role at UCLA involves analyzing big data to evaluate the effectiveness of energy efficiency programs in Southern California. 

Yating is an applied economist with interests that bridge the field of environment and development. In particular, she draws insights from social network theory and behavioral economics to understand people’s decision making in consumption, technology adoption, and climate change adaptation. She also has extensive experience in program evaluation and data collection, where she has conducted primary quantitative and qualitative fieldwork in India, Thailand, Cambodia, and Taiwan. Yating received her Ph.D. in Agricultural & Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Are residential energy efficiency programs effective?

More than 1 billion dollars have spent on Energy Efficiency (EE) Programs in California each year; however, we have limited solid evidence of their effectiveness. This project examines the effectiveness of Energy Efficiency (EE) programs in Southern California. We address three main research questions: (1) Are EE programs (residential based appliances and equipment upgrade) effective...