Emily Lambright Pakhtigian

Emily Lambright Pakhtigian is an Assistant Professor at the the School of Public Policy at Penn State University.

Her research lies at the intersection of environmental, development, and health economics. She examines how households respond to various environmental risks they face—from poor water quality and unimproved sanitation access to indoor and outdoor air pollution, among others. Specifically, she seeks to understand how social and household factors mediate demand for technologies that avert or mitigate environmental risk, the sustainability of technological adoption, and the long term health and human capital implications of low investment in averting and mitigating technologies.

 

Content by Emily Pakhtigian
  • Blog post

    Collective action for environmental health: Evidence from sanitation in rural India

    Access to and sustained use of improved household latrines have long been both a challenge as well as a policy priority in India, particularly in rural areas. Recognising the importance of social mechanisms that underlie household sanitation choices, this study utilises experimental games conducted in rural Bihar and Odisha, to examine how social factors, such as gender,...

    14 Jan 2021 | Emily Pakhtigian, Subhrendu Pattanayak

  • Project

    Opening the black box of information interventions: Evidence from India

    Information and communication interventions often rely on social mobilisation to promote the adoption of environmental health technologies in developing countries. Yet, the mechanisms by which these interventions mobilise households to adopt are often insufficiently or poorly understood. Given the slow and low response to many environmental health technologies (e.g., bed...

    17 Dec 2019 | Subhrendu Pattanayak, Emily Pakhtigian