Monday, February 12, 2018 -
5:30pm to 6:30pm
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E-19-319, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Energy Policy Seminar

e4Dev: Energy for Human Development presents "Lining the 'Right Pockets': Using economic insights to address the political challenges of development policy" with Professor Rohini Pande, Professor of Economics, HKS; Co-Director of the Evidence for Policy Design Initiative; Area Chair for International Development, HKS; Co-Chair, Political Economy and Governmental Group, J-PAL; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research. Dinner will be served.


The share of the global population living in extreme poverty has dropped 34 percentage points since 1981. Such reductions are unlikely to automatically continue, given the shifting distribution of a majority of the poor into middle-income countries, the sharp rise in inequality within these countries, and the changing nature of growth. The talk will discuss the case for investments in the "invisible infrastructure" that allows the poor to exit poverty, and argue that an effective domestic state remains central to its provision. Using the case study of India’s federal workfare program, the talk will discuss research learnings on how to improve implementation of components of the invisible infrastructure, and the importance of giving the poor the power to demand the reforms they need by solving agency problems between citizens, politicians, and bureaucrats.

e4Dev: Energy for Human Development
E4Dev is a student group and discussion forum exploring energy and human development challenges in the developing world. We seek to bring together students, faculty, and practitioners, at MIT and beyond, who are devoted to working on these critical challenges. 

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Louisa Lund

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Center for the Environment

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