Kenneth Lee

Ken Lee is the Director of Air Quality Life Index (AQLI) and a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Economics, University of Chicago. Prior to this role, Ken served as the Executive Director of EPIC India, and a Research Fellow at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) and the Energy Institute at Haas. Ken researches questions in the areas of development economics, environmental, and energy economics, and has designed field experiments in Kenya and India. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MIA from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University.

Content by Kenneth Lee
  • Blog post

    Money or power? Choosing COVID-19 aid in Kenya

    Participants in an experiment comparing demand for cash transfers and electricity subsidies in urban Kenya, overwhelmingly prefer cash given the proliferation of mobile money via platforms like M-PESA and preference for short-term liquidity. Conversely, in rural Kenya, slightly more respondents opted for electricity token transfers given that they face saving constraints...

    25 May 2021 | Edward Miguel, Kenneth Lee, Oliver Kim, Eric Hsu, Susanna Berkouwer

  • Project

    Resilience to economic shocks through continued electricity access

    As COVID-19 spreads across the developing world, access to electricity will be critical in allowing households and firms to continue productive activities. At the same time, government restrictions that are needed to slow down the infection rate will cause severe economic impacts, which will be highest in the world’s poorest communities. In Kenya, where millions of poor...

    1 May 2020 | Catherine Wolfram, Edward Miguel, Kenneth Lee, Susanna Berkouwer