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Working papers  

“Electrification to Grow Manufacturing? Evidence from Nepal” (with Hope Thompson and Zhenxuan Wang). Feb 2021 Version.   Duke Global Working Paper Series No. 36

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“Cleaning Up the Rust Belt: Housing Market Impacts of Removing Legacy Pollutants” (with Alecia Cassidy and Michael Moore).  Feb 2021 Version. Revise and resubmit: Journal of Public Economics.

“Smart Meters and the Benefits from Electricity Quality Improvements” (with Ruslan Isaev, Arstan Omuraliev, and Zhenxuan Wang). June 2021 version

“Reducing Information Barriers to Solar Adoption: Experimental Evidence from India” (with Meera Mahadevan and Takashi Yamano).  June 2021 version

“Price Perception and Electricity Demand” (with Shaun McRae). 2016 version.


Published and accepted papers

“The Economics of Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries” (with Meredith Fowlie). Review of Environmental Economics and Policy. (2021) Summer.

“Energy Efficiency and Electricity Reliability” (with Eliana Carranza). Nov 2019 version.   Review of Economics and Statistics.  (2021) 103(3): 461-475.

“Waste Not:  Can Biogas Deliver Sustainable Development?” (with Kate Sims and Hope Thompson) 2019.  Environmental and Resource Economics, 72(3).  Nov 2016 version

“Property Rights and Drinking Water Access: Evidence from Land a Titling Program in Rural Peru.” 2018World Development, 102: 345-357.  Dec 2016 version    

“Water Works: The Economic Impact of Water Infrastructure.” 2017. Journal of Human Resources.  52:4.  Sept 2015 version

Is Water Security Necessary? An Empirical Analysis of the Effects of Climate Hazards on National Level Economic Growth” (with C.Brown and Y.B. Ghile).  Special Issue on Water Security of Philosophical Transactions A. 2013, 371(2002).

“Willingness to Pay for Cleaner Water in Less Developed Countries: Systematic Review of Experimental Evidence” (with J.G. Hombrados, M. Kremer, E. Miguel, C. Null and A. P. Zwane) International Initiative for Impact Evaluation Systematic Review 006, May 2012

“Hydroclimatic risk to economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa” (with C. Brown, K. Hunu, and W. Yu). 2011. Climatic Change, 106(4): 621-647.


Examples of on-going research 

“Infrastructure Improvements and Institutional Innovations: Evidence from Pakistan on COVID and Power System Resilience” (with Husnain Ahmad, Ayesha Ali, Victoria Plutshack, Zhenxuan Wang, Javed Younas)

“Determinants of Mini-grid Sustainability: Evidence from Nepal”  (with Dipendra Bhattarai, Soomin Oh, Dalia Patino-Echeverri, Subhrendu Pattanayak, Erik Wibbels)

“Smart Meters and Electricity Services: Evidence from India, Nepal, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan” (with Meera Mahadevan, Manisha Pradhananga, and Takashi Yamano)

“Smart Meters and Innovation: Evidence from the United States” (with Jacquelyn Pless and Zhenxuan Wang)

“Load Disaggregation Using Smart Meter Data in Developing Countries” (with Ghazal Kamyabjou and Jeremiah X. Johnson)


Permanent working papers

“Culture and the Persistence of Gender Roles: Evidence through Natural Experiments in Central Asia”