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“Can Digitalization Improve Public Services? Evidence from Innovation in Energy Management” (with Jacquelyn Pless and Zhenxuan Wang). June 2024.  MIT CEEPR Working Paper 2023-22.

“Leveraging Technology to Improve Utility Cost Recovery” (with Husnain Ahmad, Ayesha Ali, Zhenxuan Wang, Javed Younas). April 2024. R&R at American Economic Journal: Applied  Economics.

“Breaking the Culture of Non-payment: A Qualitative Analysis of Utility Intervention Project Sarbulandi in Karachi, Pakistan” (with Husnain Ahmad, Ayesha Ali, Victoria Plutshack, Zhenxuan Wang, Javed Younas). April 2024. R&R at Utilities Policy

“Decentralized Renewable Energy to Grow Manufacturing? Evidence from Mini-grids in Nepal” (with Hope Thompson and Zhenxuan Wang). SSRN version. June 2024.

  • Ways & Means podcast on our work on decentralized renewable energy and microhydro mini-grids in Nepal.

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


Published and accepted papers

“The Economics of Electricity and Development: Planning for Growth and a Changing Climate.” (with Anil Pokhrel).  Feb 2024  Annual Review of Resource Economics., Volume 16. Forthcoming. 

“Cleaning Up the Great Lakes: Housing Market Impacts of Removing Legacy Pollutants” (with Alecia Cassidy and Michael Moore).  Journal of Public Economics, Volume 226. October 2023.  

“Impacts of Electricity Quality Improvements: Experimental Evidence on Infrastructure Investments” (with Ruslan Isaev, Arstan Omuraliev, and Zhenxuan Wang).  Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Volume 120.  July 2023.   

“Reducing Information Barriers to Solar Adoption: Experimental Evidence from India” (with Meera Mahadevan and Takashi Yamano).  Energy Economics, Volume 120.  April 2023.

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

“Energy Efficiency and Electricity Reliability” (with Eliana Carranza). 2021.  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)

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

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

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). 2013.  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). 2012. 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 

“Information and Behavioral Approaches to Increase Electricity Payment and Reduce Pollution from Electricity in Pakistan” (with Husnain Ahmad, Ayesha Ali, Zhenxuan Wang, Javed Younas).

“Smart Meters and Electricity Services: Evidence from Nepal” (with Meera Mahadevan and Manisha Pradhananga)

“Experimental Evidence on Electric Cooking from Nepal” (with Meera Mahadevan and Manisha Pradhananga)

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


Permanent working papers

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