Environment, Energy, & Climate Change

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

In addition to supporting policymakers in applying evidence from randomized evaluations to their work, sector chairs and staff write policy insights that synthesize general lessons emerging from the research and condense results from evaluations in policy publications and evaluation summaries. See all evaluations in the Environment, Energy, & Climate Change sector.

Improving third-party pollution audits in Gujarat

Case Study

Strengthening third-party audits to reduce pollution

Evidence from a randomized evaluation informed the scale-up of a pollution audit policy in Gujarat, India.

Seema Jayachandran discussing her research


Cash for Carbon: Paying People to Conserve Trees Works, Study Finds

In this article and video, J-PAL affiliate Seema Jayachandran discusses her randomized evaluation of a payments for ecosystems program in Uganda.


Community Based Rangeland Management in Namibia

In parts of southern Africa, environmental pressure on the land from over-grazing has contributed to land and water shortages and made communities more vulnerable to drought. In Namibia, researchers...


Meredith Fowlie

Meredith Fowlie is an Associate Professor in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the intersection of industrial...


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...

Sector Chairs

Kelsey Jack


Sector Contacts

Claire Walsh

Senior Policy Manager

(617) 324-4076

Rebecca Toole

Senior Policy Associate

(617) 324-1641