Dan Wei is Research Associate Professor in the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, and a Faculty Affiliate of USC's Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE).
She has been active in research in economic impact modeling, the economics of natural disaster and terrorism, and energy and environmental policy. She is the co-author of a study for the U.S. Coast Guard on the economic impacts from and resilience to a shutdown of a major U.S. port. She contributed to the development of an algorithm to perform rapid economic impact analyses for disasters for California Emergency Management Agency. Since 2010, Dr. Wei participated in the study of the economic impacts of the ShakeOut catastrophic earthquake scenario, the ARkStorm severe winter storm scenario, and the SAFFR tsunami scenario for U.S. Geological Survey. Dr. Wei recently contributed to a study that evaluates the total regional economic impacts from water supply disruptions to the Los Angeles County Economy, a CBP project that quantifies the economic impacts of change in wait times at U.S. ports of entry, and a DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office project to model the temporal and spatial consequences of nuclear terrorism events. In the area of economics of energy and climate policy, she performed the macroeconomic impact analysis of state climate action plans and conducted the analysis of cap and trade and/or carbon tax policies for several major states and regions in the U.S. Dr. Wei’s research has been published in journals such as Economic Systems Research, Earthquake Spectra, The Energy Journal, Environment and Planning A, International Regional Science Review, Energy Policy, Regional Science Policy and Practice, Contemporary Economic Policy, Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy, Transport Policy, and Journal of Public Policy.