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.
The hidden productivity benefits of energy-saving technology: Evidence from LEDs in Indian factories
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.
read on »