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Policy Insights in Environment & Energy

J-PAL’s Environment & Energy Sector focuses on energy access, pollution reduction, and climate change. Our policy insight below summarizes emerging lessons from randomized evaluations on the impact of social comparisons on home energy and water consumption. 

Michael Greenstone (University of Chicago) and Kelsey Jack (University of California, Santa Barbara), Environment & Energy Co-Chairs

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Reducing energy and water use through information and social comparisons

Last updated: April 2018
Providing people with information about their energy or water use compared to their neighbors and tips about how to conserve consistently reduced consumption by small amounts in many contexts. Read More

Sector Chairs

Kelsey Jack


Sector Contacts

Claire Walsh

Senior Policy Manager

[email protected]
(617) 324-4076

Rebecca Toole

Senior Policy Associate

[email protected]
(617) 324-1641