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.

Programme Management Unit for Improving Delhi’s Environment

EPIC India is closely working with the PMU of the Delhi government to improve the state's air quality.

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.

Jharkhand Star Rating Program

JSPCB launched the Star Rating Program, a data disclosure and transparency initiative, in 2019 to address the problem of industrial air pollution in the state.

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

In partnership with Spring Health Water India Pvt Ltd (SH) in rural Odisha, EPIC aims to explore the demand for clean water and understand how affordable water can be allocated efficiently in rural areas.

The Value of Forecasts: Experimental Evidence From Developing Country Agriculture

In this project, researchers use a randomized controlled trial to evaluate a new ex-ante approach to improving farmer welfare.

Out of the Darkness and Into the Light? Development Effects of Rural Electrification

In this project, our researchers estimate the development effects of rural electrification in the context of India’s national electrification program, Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY).

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.

The Effect of Smart Metering on Revenue Collection, Electricity Access, and Supply in Jammu and Kashmir

This project will evaluate the use of new technology (smart meters) in India to break this cycle of low-payments and low-quality through a large-scale randomized control trial.

Transmission Constraints and Electricity Trade in India

In this project, researchers study how investment in transmission infrastructure impacts the prices and costs of electricity supply in India.

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.

Studying Welfare Consequences of Utility Revenue Collection

In this project, researchers explore the welfare effects of strategic enforcement and how the payment behaviour varies with enforcement.

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.