Shefali Khanna

Shefali Khanna is a PhD candidate in Public Policy at Harvard University and a Pre-Doctoral Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program. Her interests lie in energy and environmental economics and policy with a focus on developing countries. Her current research focuses on the role of decentralised renewable energy in achieving universal energy access and on the demand for improvements in the quality of electricity infrastructure in South Asia.

Prior to beginning her PhD, Shefali was a Research Assistant at Resources for the Future, where she conducted evaluations of residential energy efficiency and vehicle fuel economy standards in the U.S. In addition, she assisted the World Bank in updating its protocol for estimating global health damages from ambient air pollution. She graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Content by Shefali Khanna
  • 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