Medio Ambiente y Energía

Acceso confiable a energías baratas puede incrementar ingresos, mejorar la salud y, en general, mejorar el bienestar de las personas. Sin embargo, la mala calidad del medio ambiente – normalmente como resultado de la producción energética – amenaza el bienestar de generaciones actuales y futuras. Muchas políticas de energía y de medio ambiente son seleccionadas sin calcular sus costos y beneficios, ya que no existe información de confianza sobre el impacto causal de estas políticas. La Iniciativa Ambiental y de Energía de J-PAL busca realizar evaluaciones aleatorias que identifiquen soluciones con alta ración de costo-efectividad para los desafíos ambientales y energéticos que enfrentan los países en desarrollo. Los afiliados de J-PAL ya están investigando cómo mejorar la regulación de contaminantes, los efectos de estufas limpias en la salud y el medio ambiente y los pagos condicionales por la conservación de bosques.
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Energy poverty in Europe: Using evidence to address an urgent challenge

The impacts of Covid-19, coupled with the war in Ukraine, have made households in Europe more susceptible to energy poverty, particularly as people are bracing themselves for the cold winter months to come. Yet, income losses during the pandemic and rising energy prices in response to European...

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Earth Day 2022: Evidence for climate-resilient food systems and nutrition

The effects of climate change will worsen over the next thirty years and will disproportionately impact the world’s poorest people in many ways. In recognition of Earth Day 2022, we're highlighting how food systems, food security, and nutrition are particularly vulnerable to climate impacts.

COP26 sinage

How evidence from randomized evaluations can inform climate finance at COP26

One of the goals of COP26 is to mobilize climate finance, but funding alone cannot guarantee effective climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. Because technological and policy innovations do not always achieve their desired effects in the field, climate financing should be informed by real...


Punjab inks pact to launch emissions trading

In partnership with J-PAL and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, the Punjab government is developing an emissions trading scheme to reduce pollution in the state. 


If we can vaccinate the world, we can beat the climate crisis

J-PAL co-founders Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo write that rich countries' willingness to follow through on their promises to deliver Covid-19 vaccines to poorer countries and drastically reduce global vaccine inequity will test whether rich countries can be trusted to tackle global climate...

Policy Insight

Encouraging residential energy efficiency

Programs that encouraged investments in residential energy efficiency had limited returns in several impact evaluations in real-world settings. Relatively small impacts on energy savings coupled with low take-up meant that encouraging these investments through information campaigns and subsidies was...

Improving third-party pollution audits in Gujarat
Evidence to Policy

Strengthening third-party audits to reduce pollution

Evidence from a randomized evaluation informed the scale-up of a pollution audit policy in Gujarat, India.


Cash for Carbon: Paying People to Conserve Trees Works, Study Finds

In this article and video, J-PAL affiliate Seema Jayachandran discusses her randomized evaluation of a payments for ecosystems program in Uganda.

Sector Chairs

Co-Líder, Medio Ambiente y Energía

Milton Friedman Professor of Economics

University of Chicago

Kelsey Jack

Co-Líder, Medio Ambiente y Energía

Member, Executive Committee

Associate Professor

University of California Santa Barbara

Sector Contacts

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Policy Associate, J-PAL Global

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Senior Policy Associate, J-PAL Global

Associate Director of Policy, J-PAL Global

Andre Zollinger

Policy Manager, J-PAL Global