Our Projects

EPIC-India’s evidence-based research leverages vital government and industry partnerships to conduct field experiments throughout India at a national, state and local scale with the goal of providing important insights that can have a meaningful impact on public policy.

Developing India’s First Emissions Trading Scheme

Drastically reducing air pollution at a low cost to both government and industry and providing best practices for replicating trading schemes to other emissions.

Improving Monitoring to Enhance Environmental Performance and Regulations

Evaluating continuous emissions monitoring systems and their ability to enhance the environmental performance of industry and inform market-based regulations

Market-based approaches to allocating clean water: Experimental evidence from India

Access to safe and clean drinking water, especially in rural areas, is still a significant challenge in India. Solving the problem of access is particularly...

The Value of Forecasts: Experimental Evidence From Developing Country Agriculture

Abstract Climate risk is a key driver of low agricultural productivity in poor countries. In this project, researchers use a cluster-randomized trial to evaluate a...

Solar Mini Grids: Estimating Economic and Social Performance

The experiment seeks to measure short- and medium-term impacts of having access to small amount of electricity, provided through a solar micro-grid

Star Rating Program: Reducing Pollution in Maharashtra through Transparency

Increasing public participation in India's environmental regulatory process by disclosing industrial performance through a five-star rating system

Change in Subsidy Delivery and Farmer Welfare in Rajasthan and Punjab

Removing subsidies tied to power use, which promotes over-consumption, and replace with lump-sum transfers.

Quantifying Inefficiency in Indian Electricity Supply

Understanding the extent of short-run dispatch inefficiencies in India’s power sector

Incentivizing public agents for increase in utility revenue collection

Identifying the correct incentive mechanism for the public agents to encourage them to efficiently collect revenue

Increasing Energy Access by Reducing Electricity Distribution Losses

Identifying cost-effective pathways to increasing energy access and reducing energy poverty.

The Impact of Enhancing Air Pollution Awareness on Defensive Behavior and the Demand for Clean Air: Evidence from Delhi

The project aims to understand how access to information on air quality can induce defensive behavior and drive people’s demand for cleaner air.

Cool Roofing Solutions for Reducing Heat Stress in Delhi Slums

Reimagining roofs in slums of Delhi that lower ambient indoor temperatures, allow residents to conserve energy, and improve their quality of life

Long-run Environmental Quality and Human Capital Formation: Experimental Evidence from Schools in Delhi

The research project will determine potential benefits and evaluate efficacy of having air filters in classroom to improve student’s health and learning outcomes

Star Rating Program: Improving Pollution Monitoring and Enforcement in Odisha

Designing innovative energy-environment solutions for Odisha and evaluating Continuous Emission Monitoring System through cutting-edge research experiments

Strengthening Environmental Regulations Through Transparency

Increasing public participation in the Indian environmental regulatory process by disclosing industrial performance through a five-star rating system

Bengaluru Innovation Challenge

Tapping grassroots creativity and expertise to identify innovative ideas for addressing the most pressing environmental and energy challenges in Bengaluru.

India Climate Prospectus

A tool that can guide policymakers about where and how to direct resources to cope with extreme weather

Understanding Defensive Health Behavior: Evidence from Pollution Masks in Delhi

The project aims to understand barriers to mask adoption and how information and social norms influence demand for this defensive health behavior.

What happens to e-waste in Delhi?

Understanding the opportunity that Producer Responsibility Organizations can provide to integrate informal and formal sector players for better electronic waste management in Delhi.

Effects of India’s Car Tax Policy on Air Pollution, Market Competition, and Welfare

Evaluating the effects of size-based car tax policy on air pollution, social welfare, and market structure

The Impact of Temperature on Productivity and Labor Supply: Evidence from Indian Manufacturing

Exploring the connection between hotter temperatures and labor productivity in a changing climate.