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    Clearing the air: The effects of transparency on plant pollution emissions

    24 November 2016 | Michael Greenstone, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan, Rohini Pande

    India is choking on growth. Of the 20 cities in the world with the worst fine particulate air pollution, 13 are in India, meaning the average Indian loses about three years of his or her life due to the harm of this pollution There is also growing evidence that high levels of pollution lower labour productivity and, therefore, potentially economic growth. If good...

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    Crowdsourcing to evaluate and improve electricity supply in Tanzania and Indonesia

    10 November 2016 | Davida Wood, Bharath Jairaj

    Tanzania faces energy access challenges and experiences issues with electricity unreliability in the form of frequent power deficits and blackouts. Based on 2012 figures, 6 power system blackouts caused a total outage duration of 20.3 hours. This translates to approxiately 1 day of productivity and related economic losses per year. Companies and household enterprises...

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    Smart meters for promoting energy efficiency in rural India

    27 October 2016 | Meredith Fowlie, Catherine Wolfram

    This project brings experimental and quasi-experimental research methods to bear on important issues confronting rural electrification initiatives. The overarching objective is to investigate how modular smart grid technology can be used to improve both supply and demand-side efficiency in rural settings. Specifically, we will investigate: (1) the extent to which the...

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    Electricity crises in Zambia: Estimating the costs of unreliability at firm level

    19 October 2016 | Michelle Baddeley, Musiliu Oseni, Bernard Tembo

    As Zambia seeks to diversify its economy via growth in the manufacturing sector, rising demand for electricity from manufacturing firms is likely to impose additional constraints on the efficiency and sustainability of Zambia’s energy infrastructure. As a palliative measure, the Zambian government recently announced her decision to waive import duties on backup...

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    Access to solar electricity in rural Pakistan: impacts and sustainability

    19 October 2016 | Farah Said, Giovanna D'Adda, Massimo Tavoni

    Almost 70 million people in Pakistan (35% of the population) do not have access to electricity, as they live in mostly rural areas not reached by the grid. Over 75 million (38%) on the grid receive low quality energy and experience outages for more than 12 hours per day. In spite of the significant benefits of access to electricity, the long-run feasibility of grid...

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    Health costs of energy related air pollution in South Africa

    19 October 2016 | Harald Winkler, Katye Altieri, Samantha Keen

    This project aims to provide the first estimate of the health and economic burden of South Africa’s current air pollution levels. This analysis will provide South African policy makers with the information they need to evaluate the costs of environmental regulations in the context of the potential benefits to public health. Given that the current shortage of electricity...

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    Indian climate early warning system

    19 October 2016 | Michael Greenstone, Ashwin Rode, Amir Jina, Robert Kopp

    We propose to develop a spatially disaggregated Indian Climate Early Warning System. For any given current weather realisation, the Early Warning System will produce maps that display locations of risks across India in various economic sectors. Based on empirically-founded climate response functions for each sector (agriculture, health, labour markets, energy, crime and...

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    Assessing the total economic value of electricity in Ghana: A step toward energising economic growth

    19 August 2016 | Jonathan Quartey, Wisdom Ametorwotia

    Ghana’s economy has suffered from inadequate electricity generation resulting in chronic power outages, which have had negative effects on economic growth. With a current annual growth in electricity demand of about 10%, the country needs to meet the existing deficit and go the extra mile to create additional supply to meet demand. This will require private sector...

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    Sustainable electricity pricing in Tanzania

    18 August 2016 | Donna Peng, Rahmatallah Poudineh

    This project provided a brief summary of the history and detailed situational analysis of the energy sector in Tanzania. It was structured around two key questions: For a country anticipating a significant increase over the next 3-5 years in the supply of low-cost feedstock for electricity generation and given that high cost and poor availability of electricity is the...

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    Facility-level access to electricity and the efficiency of maternal and child health service

    10 August 2016 | Mundia Kabinga, Mashekwa Maboshe

    Access to energy is critical in the facilitation and promotion of healthcare, particularly maternal and child health services and in low income countries. Health facilities require basic electricity for services such as lighting during child delivery and emergency night-time care, and refrigeration of essential vaccines. Yet, the majority of healthcare facilities in...

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