British Academy Small Grant

I was awarded funding under the British Academy/ Leverhulme Small Grant scheme in the amount of £7,813 for my project on “The Effectiveness of Carbon Markets in Europe, 2005-2012.” Here is the project’s executive summary:

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we currently face. While we have seen some progress internationally, fighting climate change requires effective, domestic policies. Carbon markets, an often used policy to curb CO2 emissions,charge polluters a price as they emit carbon into the atmosphere. Promising in theory, there is a dearth of policy evaluations showing that carbon markets do indeed reduce CO2 emissions. This project provides the first empirically rigorous assessment of European carbon markets, 2005-2012—one of the most ambitious climate policies to date. For this, I compile an original EU-wide emissions dataset at the sector level and introduce a statistical method that helps distinguish between emission reductions due to the policy itself and other trends in the data, e.g. lower economic activity. Given the worldwide growth of carbon markets as the primary policy to fight climate change, including the planned nationwide rollout in China, project results will be of great interest to academics, policymakers, and other stakeholders in the UK, Europe, and beyond.

Blog posts about results from solar microgrid study

We discuss the results from our solar microgrid study in light of broader challenges for rural electrification in two recently published blog posts. One is available from the Ideas for India (I4I) website and the other one from VoxDev. Check these out and let us know what you think!

Paper out in Science Advances

Our paper about the socioeconomic effects of basic energy access in rural India has been published with Science Advances. Based on a randomized controlled trial, we find that basic lighting reduces household’s kerosene use, but the effects on local development are small. The University of Glasgow issues a press release and The Economist picked up on the story.

Upcoming MPSA and EPSA conferences

I am excited to present my work at MPSA (April 6-9, 2017) and EPSA (June 22-24, 2017) as the next two upcoming conference events. I will be presenting revised versions of my work on firm compliance in European carbon markets (MPSA) and on country differences in multilateral agreements (EPSA). I will also present my co-authored paper (with Michael Aklin) on estimating direct, indirect, and total effects at both conferences. I look forward to seeing you and many good discussions!

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