Anja Sautmann

Anja Sautmann  is Assistant Professor of Economics at Brown University. Her research interests include the effects of subsidies and information policies on the quality and timely delivery of healthcare in Mali. She is also interested in the use of using non-traditional incentives, like public recognition or “nudges”, to achieve behaviour changes, and the effects of such policies on individual and social welfare.

In past research, she has studied the relationship between age at marriage and rapidly changing demographic pressure with increasing dowry payments in India, and more generally the determinants of age patterns at marriage. Other research concerns the implications of biased self-perceptions by employees on their employment contracts and the potential for employers to exploit these biases.

Content by Anja Sautmann
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The effect of pre-paid electricity metering on the poor: Evidence from Cape Town

    Prepaid meters are spreading rapidly in the developing world because they facilitate revenue recovery. A pre-paid meter can be charged using a token with a meter-specific code. Tokens can be purchased from the utility company at points of sale, such as grocery stores. The key difference between pre-paid metering and electricity billing is that electricity can be used...

    23 Sep 2019 | Kelsey Jack, Kathryn McDermott, Anja Sautmann

  • Blog post

    Pre-paid electricity metering and its effects on the poor

    Pre-paid meters for electricity or water are spreading rapidly in the developing world. Households that switched from post-paid monthly bills to pre-paid meters in South Africa, reduced their electricity usage drastically. Given that the energy demand of households is typically relatively unresponsive to prices, the question arises as to where these reductions came from....

    11 Sep 2019 | Kelsey Jack, Kathryn McDermott, Anja Sautmann

  • Project

    Paying for power: Prepaid electricity and the spending patterns of the poor

    Revenue recovery is a challenge for electricity providers in developing countries. Poor customers often struggle to pay monthly bills, and providers face both cost and political economy barriers to enforcing payment. Increasingly, prepayment is used to solve this problem in the electricity and water sectors. However, little work has been done so far to understand how...

    24 Aug 2017 | Kelsey Jack, Kathryn McDermott, Anja Sautmann