Jan works as an economist at the World Bank, Washington DC. Before that, he was a visiting senior associate at the Center for Global Development (CGD), and worked with CGD President Nancy Birdsall on issues of climate change and development. He holds a Ph.D. in sustainable development from Columbia University and Master’s degrees in international relations from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and in public administration from Columbia University, where he was a German Marshall Fund Scholar.
Jan also worked as an assistant to the Chief Economist of the World Bank, revising lending programmes and covering, among other issues, climate change. At the World Bank, Jan also advised on the financial structure of the Pneumo AMC, CGD’s brainchild. He has since deepened his involvement with results-based finance while advising for the Bank on the AgResults initiative, designed to boost private sector investment in agricultural technology. Previous assignments had taken him to Uzbekistan with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, where he set up a coordination and analysis unit to build research capacity and support strategic planning of interventions.
Demand for environmental quality information and household response to information: Evidence from Bihar
20 Feb 2017
Groundwater contaminated with arsenic is a serious public health threat in rural India. This column presents results from a field experiment conducted in Bihar to assess the demand for fee-based testing of wells for arsenic, and to study the behavioural responses of households to well-specific arsenic information.
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