The immediate research priorities of J-PAL’s Environment & Energy Program focus on understanding the complex relationship between human welfare, the environment, and energy consumption. Three key areas of research are:
- The benefits of environmental quality in terms of human health and welfare
- The costs of producing environmental quality through reducing pollution
- Climate change, with a particular focus on the costs of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the costs of adaptation in response to climate change
The long-term vision of the Environment & Energy Program is to conduct randomized evaluations and disseminate the resulting policy lessons to answer questions at the intersection of environment, energy, and poverty reduction. To achieve this, the Environment & Energy Program has launched the Environment & Energy Initiative, and will host conferences with leading researchers in the field to identify knowledge gaps, and work with J-PAL’s Policy Group to disseminate the results and lessons from studies to policymakers, stakeholders, and development organizations around the world.