Anant Sudarshan

Anant Sudarshan is Executive Director for South Asia of the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago University (EPIC-India). He is also a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Economics, University of Chicago. Prior to working at EPIC, Anant was the Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He received his PhD in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and he holds undergraduate and masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi) and Stanford University respectively.

Anant works at the intersection of environmental economics and engineering, with on-going research on a variety of areas including environmental regulation, air pollution, climate change, energy efficiency, electricity and renewable energy. His present work includes collaboration with India’s Ministry for Environment and Forests to design and evaluate a pilot emissions trading program to regulate industrial air pollution. He is also working with the Governments of Bihar, Rajasthan and Maharashtra on electricity distribution reforms designed to reduce losses and enhance the supply of power.

Content by Anant Sudarshan
  • Publication - Working Paper

    Electricity is not a right (paper)

    Electricity courses through our lives. Yet, there are still more than a billion people worldwide who are not connected to the grid, and many more get abysmal supply, unlike the 24/7/365 flow that rich countries take for granted. We argue that these shortfalls are due to a sad irony: treating electricity as a right for the poor has limited electricity access.

    9 Sep 2019 | Robin Burgess, Michael Greenstone, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Electricity is not a right: How social norms constrain access to electricity

    The norm that electricity is a right, as opposed to a private good, constrains access to energy and leads to widespread rationing in developing countries. Many developing countries suffer from low electricity access and frequent outages that restrict economic growth. These conditions arise from two primary factors: the norm that electricity is a right guaranteed by the...

    6 Sep 2019 | Robin Burgess, Michael Greenstone, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan, Matei Alexianu

  • Blog post

    Star power: Maharashtra starts rating industries by emissions

    An Indian state programme is aiming to curb air pollution by facilitating transparency in industry emissions, using ratings and targets that the public can view online. Measuring industry emissions The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) launched a new Star Rating Programme for air pollution on June 5, 2017–World Environment Day. The programme uses smoke-stack...

    10 Jul 2017 | Michael Greenstone, Rohini Pande, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan

  • Project

    Building environmental regulation that enables growth

    This project addresses the problem of industrial particulate matter pollution through improved regulatory monitoring. The study is a randomised-controlled trial in which treatment plants install Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS), and researchers measure resultant pollution abatement decisions and regulatory actions over time. Preliminary results show...

    2 Feb 2017 | Michael Greenstone, Rohini Pande, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan

  • Project

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

    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...

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

  • Publication - Project Report

    Building environmental regulation that enables growth

    11 Nov 2016 | Michael Greenstone, Nicholas Ryan, Rohini Pande, Anant Sudarshan

  • Blog post

    Let them buy light in rural Bihar

    Access to electricity is critical to encouraging growth and reducing poverty. Around the world, 1.3 billion people have no access to electricity, including 300 million Indian citizens, most of whom live in rural areas. Micro-grid products could provide an innovative solution, bridging the gaps in access to electricity with potentially large economic and welfare gains...

    8 Aug 2016 | Michael Greenstone, Robin Burgess, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan

  • Project

    Asymmetric information and the energy-efficiency of durable goods: Evidence from cooking stoves in India

    Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) is a modern cooking fuel, which is convenient, reliable, and does not, like many traditional fuels, pollute one’s kitchen and lungs. For these benefits, 15 million Indians are adopting LPG every year. The Government of India heavily subsidises LPG in order to induce households to switch from dirtier fuels like kerosene and aims to...

    4 Sep 2015 | Anant Sudarshan, Nicholas Ryan, Prabhat Barnwal

  • Project

    Emissions trading as an environmental innovation in India: Measuring the policy impact on emissions and abatement costs

    Growth in developing countries has improved living standards for millions, but has led to high pollution concentrations and serious public health damages. Market based environmental regulation can reduce the costs of pollution reduction and thus transform the trade-off between environmental quality and growth. This study will measure the effects of a pilot emissions...

    10 Oct 2014 | Michael Greenstone, Rohini Pande, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan

  • Project

    Lighting up Bihar

    The power sector is widely viewed as one of the biggest constraints on India’s economic growth, the main problem being that almost half of power drawn from the grid is not paid for and in unmetered, unbilled or pilfered. In the state of Bihar, 45% of power consumed falls in this category. The Government of Bihar is trying to address this problem and expand access to...

    1 Nov 2013 | Michael Greenstone, Robin Burgess, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Emissions Trading as an Environmental Innovation in India: Measuring the Policy Impact on Emissions and Abatement Costs (Policy Brief)

    31 Mar 2012 | Michael Greenstone, Rohini Pande, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan