Kevin Rowe

Kevin Rowe is a PhD student in Public Policy at Harvard University and a Pre-Doctoral Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program. He is interested in environmental and energy economics and policy, particularly in developing countries. Prior to beginning his PhD, Kevin was a Research Fellow at Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard, where he worked on randomised field evaluations of reforms to air and water pollution control policies in India. Kevin has a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Hamilton College. Following his undergraduate degree, Kevin was a Thomas J. Watson Fellow and worked at the World Resources Institute.

Content by Kevin Rowe
  • Blog post

    Escaping the subsidy-quality trap in India’s retail electricity market

    Reducing power prices for commercial and industrial consumers can help utilities raise revenue and enhance service quality across the system In many parts of the developing world, public utility companies providing services like electricity, water, transportation, and sanitation find themselves in a political-economic equilibrium characterised by poor service quality...

    14 Feb 2022 | Shefali Khanna, Kevin Rowe

  • Blog post

    The value of electricity reliability in India

    India’s electricity distribution utilities face a debt trap that is common to electricity supply systems across the developing world. Highly subsidised residential electricity prices mean that utilities lose money on most kilowatt-hours they sell to households. These pricing policies leave utilities with neither the incentives nor the capital to improve reliability,...

    8 Feb 2020 | Shefali Khanna, Kevin Rowe

  • Project

    The value of electricity reliability in India

    In many low- and middle-income countries, frequent and prolonged power outages constrain energy access for large segments of the population connected to the electricity grid. For policymakers in these countries, the value of electricity reliability to customers is a central policy parametre for understanding the benefits of expanding energy access by reforming tariff design...

    4 Feb 2020 | Kevin Rowe, Shefali Khanna