Environment, Energy, and Climate Change

J-PAL’s Environment, Energy, and Climate Change sector measures the real-world impacts of energy and environmental policies, particularly on climate change mitigation, pollution reduction, climate change adaptation, and energy access.

Climate change disproportionately affects people living in poverty and threatens to reverse decades of progress in global poverty alleviation. However, there is a critical lack of research on the real-world impacts of climate solutions. Leaders around the world need more evidence on the effectiveness of technological and policy innovations to implement solutions that address climate change and poverty.

In addition to supporting policymakers in applying evidence from randomized evaluations to their work, sector chairs and staff write policy insights that synthesize general lessons emerging from the research, condense results from evaluations in policy publications and evaluation summaries, and fund new research and scale-ups at the nexus of climate change and poverty alleviation through the King Climate Action Initiative

News

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...

News

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. 

Researchers from monitor carbon in peat swamp
Blog

King Climate Action Initiative’s first round of projects: Testing and scaling climate solutions

J-PAL's King Climate Action Initiative announced the results of its first competition aimed at identifying innovative solutions at the intersection of poverty and climate change, serving as a critical first step in building a longer playbook of evidence-based and cost-effective climate change...

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.

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...

News

A Breath of Fresh Air

J-PAL affiliated professor Nicholas Ryan, along with J-PAL's King Climate Action Initiative (K-CAI), are working with environmental regulators in Gujarat to measure the impact of cap-and-trade emission reduction strategies in India. 

News

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.

Zambian farmers load truck
Blog

Affiliate Spotlight: Kelsey Jack

J-PAL affiliate Kelsey Jack is leading a movement of climate-focused research within development economics and poverty alleviation through her own research and as co-chair of the King Climate Action Initiative.

Sector Chairs

Co-Chair, Environment, Energy, and Climate Change

Milton Friedman Professor of Economics

University of Chicago

Kelsey Jack

Co-Chair, Environment, Energy, and Climate Change

Member, Executive Committee

Associate Professor

University of California Santa Barbara

Sector Contacts

Headshot of Maike Pfeiffer

Policy Associate, J-PAL Global

Headshot of Andrea Cristina Ruiz

Policy Manager, J-PAL Global

Associate Director of Policy, J-PAL Global