Environment & Energy

J-PAL’s Environment & Energy sector measures the real-world impacts of energy and environmental policies, particularly on energy access, pollution reduction, and climate change mitigation and resilience.

Publication

Envirodevonomics: A Research Agenda for a Young Field

Why is environmental quality so poor in developing countries despite its high health and economic costs? J-PAL affiliates Michael Greenstone and Kelsey Jack propose four explanations and lay out a...

Fishermen in Chile on the docks

News

Engaging Consumers to Promote Sustainable Fishing in Chile

Sernapesca partnered with J-PAL affiliate and Environment and Energy sector co-chair Mushfiq Mobarak (Yale) and Andrés Gonzalez (UC Berkeley) to conduct a randomized evaluation comparing a consumer...

Installing power lines in Kenyan village

affiliate

Catherine Wolfram

Catherine Wolfram is the Cora Jane Flood Professor of Business Administration at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

Evaluation

Are Consumers Poorly-Informed about Fuel Economy? Evidence from Two Experiments

Consumers often lack information about fuel economy when purchasing vehicles. Researchers provided fuel economy information to potential car buyers in both dealership and online settings to measure...

White building with Rural Electrification Authority logo painted

Evaluation

The Demand for and Costs of Rural Electrification in Kenya

Over the past century, rural electrification has served as a key benchmark for economic development and social progress. Researchers conducted a randomized evaluation to measure the impact of...

Publication

Truth-Telling in Third-Party Audits

Changing the market for environmental audits to incentivize accurate reporting in Gujarat, India made auditors more likely to report the truth about industrial plants’ pollution levels. In response,...

Publication

Up in Smoke

In Odisha, India improved cooking stoves did not reduce smoke exposure, improve health, or reduce fuel usage of recipients because they were not used regularly and recipients did not invest to...

Sector Chairs

Mushfiq Mobarak

Co-Chair

Sector Contacts

Claire Walsh

cnwalsh@mit.edu
(617) 324-4076