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Namrata Kala
Harvard University
kala@fas.harvard.edu
Namrata Kala is a Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics, Harvard University and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, MIT. Her research interests include development and environmental economics, and environmental history.

Articles By Namrata Kala
The hidden productivity benefits of energy-saving technology: Evidence from LEDs in Indian factories
Posted On: 03 Oct 2016


Energy-efficient technologies are an increasingly relevant policy priority, given growing consensus on the need to tackle climate change. This column examines the productivity benefits of adopting one such technology – LED lighting – for manufacturing firms in India. It finds that improved productivity resulting from LED lighting’s lower heat emissions makes adopting such technology far less costly than previous anticipated, particularly for labour-intensive firms in hot climates.
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