by Vestal McIntyre

The Government of India has long struggled to balance competing goals: supporting economic activities that reduce poverty while trying to control the pollution they often cause, and delivering services to the poor in the face of limited resources.

Economist Nicholas Ryan studies these contradictions, and has collaborated with government partners in India on finding solutions that can both ease poverty and reduce pollution. In a recent study in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Ryan and coauthors Robin Burgess, Michael Greenstone, and Anant Sudarshan examine the goal of universal electrification and reach the surprising conclusion that the poor may ultimately benefit if they are asked to pay for electricity.

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