J-PAL launches Energy and Environment Projects
The J-PAL Environment & Energy Initiative aims to identify solutions to energy and environment challenges confronting developing countries.
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global research center working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. Anchored by a network of 168 affiliated professors at universities around the world, J-PAL conducts randomized impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty.
—J-PAL Overview Statement
Access to reliable and inexpensive energy can raise incomes, improve health, and generally improve people's well-being. However, poor environmental quality, often as a byproduct of energy production, undermines the well-being of current and future generations.
Too many energy and environmental policies are chosen without knowledge of their costs and benefits, because reliable information on their causal impacts does not exist. The J-PAL Environment & Energy Initiative aims to conduct randomized evaluations that will help identify cost-effective solutions to the energy and environment challenges that confront developing countries. Although it was only recently launched, J-PAL affiliates are already investigating improving pollution regulation and auditing, the effects of clean cookstoves on health and the environment, and conditional payments for forest conservation.
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