Aya Kachi

Aya Kachi
University of Basel | UNIBAS · Faculty of Business and Economics

PhD
Policy process / Science communication / Spatial econometrics / Methodology

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Introduction
Experienced policy communication analyst with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry. Skilled in understanding individual perceptions and behavior around products and policies via surveys and experiments. An organizational behavior enthusiast, often thinking about how one can communicate policies, products, and goals more effectively within the web of information and stakeholders. I welcome opportunities to work on creative tasks to understand, develop, and implement communication strategies in various fields.
Research Experience
September 2012 - April 2015
ETH Zurich
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
August 2005 - August 2012
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Field of study
  • Poitical Science
September 2002 - May 2004
Duke University
Field of study
  • Economics
April 1998 - March 2002
The University of Tokyo
Field of study
  • Economics

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Publications (39)
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Spatial interdependence-the dependence of outcomes in some units on those in others-is substantively and theoretically ubiquitous and central across the social sciences. Spatial association is also omnipresent empirically. However, spatial association may arise from three importantly distinct processes: common exposure of actors to exogenous extern...
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Despite mounting urgency to mitigate climate change, new coal mines have recently been approved in various countries, including in Southeast Asia and Australia. Adani’s Carmichael coal mine project in the Galilee Basin, Queensland (Australia), was approved in June 2019after 9 years of political contestation. Counteracting global efforts to decarbon...
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Comparing the results for preference attainment, self-perceived influence and reputational influence, this paper analyzes the relationship between financial resources and lobbying influence. The empirical analysis builds on data from an original survey with 312 Swiss energy policy stakeholders combined with document data from multiple policy consul...
Book
This open access book gathers the results of an interdisciplinary research project led by the Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research (SCCER CREST) and jointly implemented by several universities. It identifies political, economic and legal challenges and opportunities in the energy transition from a governance perspective by exploring a varie...
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Binary outcome models are frequently used in the social sciences and economics. However, such models are difficult to estimate with interdependent data structures, including spatial, temporal, and spatio-temporal autocorrelation because jointly determined error terms in the reduced-form specification are generally analytically intractable. To deal...
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The work presented in this volume is a compilation of research highlights that represent numerous studies carried out by researchers within the Energy Governance Work Package (WP4) of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research, Society and Transition (SCCER CREST). As our Introduction has illustrated in detail, these researchers worked togethe...
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Along with policy proposers and individual voters, key stakeholders play a crucial role in shaping the socio-political acceptance of energy policy. Understanding a broad landscape of energy stakeholders’ views and practices thus should be a central theme in energy transition research. The Energy Strategy 2050 (ES2050), a sweeping energy transition...
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The food system causes more than a third of the global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, of which half are from livestock. Shifting towards plant-based diets could significantly reduce deforestation, protect biodiversity, and contribute to achieving the Paris climate targets. Yet, deep-rooted eating habits, pleasure, cultural status symbols,...
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A timely transition of socio-technical systems to more sustainable alternatives is crucial in mitigating climate change and other environmental problems. While innovation plays a significant role in such transitions, policy makers and the scientific community have become increasingly aware that the deliberate destabilization of existing socio-techn...
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Along with policy proposers and individual voters, key stakeholders play a crucial role in shaping the socio-political acceptance of energy policy. Understanding a broad landscape of energy stakeholders' views, practices, and resources thus should be central themes in energy transition research. The Energy Strategy 2050 (ES2050), a sweeping energy...
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Recent instances of political backlash against global governance efforts as well as conventional wisdom suggest that there is a link between shifting decision-making authority from the domestic to the global level, on the one hand, and the legitimacy of global governance institutions as perceived by citizens and other stakeholders on the other. We...
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A common understanding in public opinion studies is that we, the public, often turn to mental shortcuts to form an opinion on important policy issues: in particular, we reflexively adopt the positions of the political parties with which we identify. The use of political heuristics is prevalent especially when the topic is highly politicized or tech...
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Overview of the project COALSTAKE. The team consisting of the University of Basel, the University of St.Gallen, and the University of Toronto is running a research program that investigates sources of cross-national differences in coal policy-making. Our focus is on the links among energy stakeholders' resource endowments, practices, and the evo...
Conference Paper
A timely transition to low-carbon socio-technical systems such as energy and transport is crucial in combating climate change and reducing the environmental and health impacts of human activities. While innovation policies have gained wide acclaim for driving technological change, the importance of destabilization policies for disrupting incumbent...
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A common understanding in public opinion studies is that we, the public, often turn to mental shortcuts to form an opinion on important policy issues: for example, we reflexively adopt the positions of the political parties with which we identify. This is true especially when the topic is highly politicized or technical, such as energy and environm...
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Very large spatio-temporal lattice data are becoming increasingly common across a variety of disciplines. However, estimating interdependence across space and time in large areal datasets remains challenging, as existing approaches are often (i) not scalable, (ii) designed for conditionally Gaussian outcome data, or (iii) are limited to cross-secti...
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Best Poster Award of the Society of Political Methodology Annual Meeting (PolMeth) 2007.
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Poster presented at the Applications of Social Network Analysis (ASNA) Conference 2013. Abstract: What determines countries' democracy or autocracy levels? This paper provides uni�ed theoretical and empirical models of democracy, with a greater emphasis on regime reinforcement across countries and over time. As found in existing studies, I recogni...
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Best Poster Award at the PolNet (Political Networks Conference) 2010 Spatial interdependence|the dependence of outcomes in some units on those in others|is substantively and theoretically ubiquitous and central across the social sciences. Spatial association is also omnipresent empirically. However, spatial association may arise from three importa...
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Energy system transitions in democracies require that national interests and central planning are reconciled with the public's preferences. This pilot study investigates public support for the Swiss national energy strategy and two specific technologies that are part of it: expansion of hydropower and deep geothermal energy. It addresses two resear...
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Energy system transitions in democracies require that national interests and central planning are recon-ciled with the public’s preferences. This pilot study investigates public support for the Swiss national energy strategy and two specific technologies that are part of it: expansion of hydropower and deep geothermal energy. It addresses two resea...
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Interdependent duration processes are common in politics and other strategic settings. The time to one type of political event frequently depends on the time to another related event, and the time to an event for one actor often depends on the time to that same event for others. Put in a slightly different way, politics and strategic behavior gener...
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Conventional wisdom holds that the state of the economy has a strong impact on citizens' appetite for environmental policies, including climate policy. Assuming median voter preferences prevail, periods of economic prosperity are likely to be conducive, and economic downturns are likely to be detrimental to ambitious climate policy. Using original...
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The adoption of the Warsaw mechanism on loss and damage has again highlighted the North-South divide in those parts of UNFCCC negotiations dealing with international climate finance. Current estimates put required funding from rich countries at 50 to 100 billion Euros per year to induce non-Annex I countries to take on greenhouse gas limitation com...
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Powerful political actors in the international system quite frequently adopt unilateral policies whose implications extend beyond their respective borders. Examples include financial market regulation as well as taxation, trade and environmental policies. They do so to avoid lowest common-denominator outcomes in areas where they desire more ambitio...
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The adoption of the Warsaw mechanism on loss and damage has again highlighted the North-South divide in the part of the UNFCCC negotiations dealing with international climate finance. Current estimates put required funding from rich countries at 50 to 100 billion Euros per year to induce non-Annex I countries to take on greenhouse gas limitation co...
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Conventional wisdom holds that the state of the economy has a strong impact on citizens' appetite for environmental policies, including climate policy. Assuming median voter preferences prevail, periods of economic prosperity are likely to be conducive, and economic downturns are likely to be detrimental to ambitious climate policy. Using original...
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We propose applying the multiparametric spatiotemporal autoregressive (m-STAR) model as a simple approach to estimating jointly the pattern of connectivity and the strength of contagion by that pattern, including the case where connectivity is endogenous to the dependent variable (selection). We emphasize substantively-theoretically guided (i.e., s...
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Even casual observation reveals obvious spatial patterns in labor-market outcomes and policies across the developed democracies, and within the European Union particularly. Labor-market policies entail significant cross-border spillovers, so strategic interdependence among developed democracies might explain this. However, these countries also face...
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Even casual observation reveals obvious spatial patterns in labor-market outcomes and policies across the developed democracies, and within the European Union particularly. Labor-market policies entail significant cross-border spillovers, so strategic interdependence among developed democracies might explain this. However, these countries also face...
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This paper is part of a larger project in which we develop methods for estimating the causal effects of variables on (1) the duration of bargaining processes, broadly defined, and (2) the survival of bargained outcomes when both are simultaneously determined. There are many potential applications in political science including, but not limited to,...
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Abstract We present a parametric,simultaneous,equations,model,for multiple interdependent,duration,processes and derive the corresponding,full information,maximum,likelihood (FIML) estimator based on the Weibull distribution. We show,with Monte,Carlo experiments,that our estimator,outperforms,the alternatives available to those doing,applied,empiri...
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How do governments respond to demands put forward by domestic groups? Dyadic theories of bargaining postulate that governments will accommodate sufficiently powerful groups in order to avoid costly conflict, while groups will resort to arms when they expect to benefit from conflict. Yet, in real world scenarios, governments typically deal with more...
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Spatial interdependence, the interdependence of outcomes across units, is theoretically and substantively ubiquitous and central across the social sciences. The empirical clustering of outcomes on some dimension(s), spatial association, is also obvious in most contexts. However, outcomes may exhibit spatial association for three distinct reasons. U...

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The project is funded by SNIS (Swiss Network for International Studies) for 2 years (Oct 2019 - Sept 2021). The team consisting of the University of Basel, the University of St.Gallen, and the University of Toronto is running a research program that investigates sources of cross-national differences in coal policy-making. Our focus is on the links among energy stakeholders' resource endowments, practices, and the evolution of discourses around coal energy. The project also addresses issues around local resource-production industries, their positioning in global resource trade, and their employees, because sustainable fossil fuel policies are not possible without addressing these issues.
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With an estimated 50% the building sector accounts for the largest share of energy consumption in Switzerland (about 40% in the US) . As part of sustainability goals, both scientific and policy communities have so far strived (1) to develop energy-efficient building technologies (supply of technologies), and (2) to change the energy consumption behavior of residents and tenants (reduction of demand). But supply of technologies does not come to fruition, unless suppliers employ new technologies. And reduction of demand has limited impact, unless ten-ants can live in energy-efficient infrastructures. In fact, we currently lack a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to increase the supply of low-energy-consuming properties. Therefore, it is worth investigating the market- and property conditions under which investors are willing to pay for energy efficiency in buildings.