Chris Barrington-Leigh

Assistant Professor Chris Barrington-Leigh

Associate Professor

Institute for Health and Social Policy/School of Environment
Charles Meredith House
1130 Pine Avenue West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1A3



Dr. Chris Barrington-Leigh is an Associate Professor jointly appointed by McGill's Institute for Health and Social Policy and the School of Environment, with associate appointment in the Department of Economics. His research focuses on 1) the empirical, experienced human benefits of economic and social conditions, changes, and policy 2) consumption externalities and social preferences 3) impact of extant and plausible policies aimed at mitigating greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere and 4) household experience and behaviour in response to the major coal-to-electricity intervention in China.



  • The "economics of well-being"
  • Experiments on social preferences
  • Urban street networks and climate policy
  • Energy transition in China



PhD in Economics (2009): University of British Columbia

PhD in Applied Physics (2001): Stanford University 


Recent Publications:

Barrington-Leigh, C. P. and Jan Wollenberg, “Informing policy priorities using inference from life satisfaction responses in a large community survey,” Applied Research in Quality of Life, doi:10.1007/s11482-018-9629-9, 2018 (20 pp).

Barrington-Leigh, C. P. and Adam Millard-Ball, “The world’s user-generated road map is more than 80% complete,” PLOS One, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0180698, August 2017.

Gariepy, Genevieve, Frank J. Elgar, Mariane Sentenac, Britt McKinnon, and C. P. BarringtonLeigh, “Early-life family income and subjective well-being in adolescents,” PLOS One, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0179380, July 2017.

Barrington-Leigh, C. P. and Fatemeh Behzadnejad,“The Impact of Daily Weather Conditions on Life Satisfaction: Evidence from Cross-sectional and Panel Data,” Journal of Economic Psychology, doi:10.1016/j.joep.2017.01.003, Vol. 59, pp. 145–163, April 2017 (28 pp).

Barrington-Leigh, C. P. and Adam Millard-Ball, “More connected urban roads reduce US GHG emissions,” Environmental Research Letters, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aa59ba, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2017. (24 pp)