Geet Chawla, an MPP student at Harris Public Policy, worked with EPIC South Asia Director Anant Sudarshan to perform predictive analysis on post lockdown trends in electricity consumption and pollution levels in India. Additionally, Chawla worked on an experiment assessing the impact of cash-transfers on remittances and other behavioral changes in a subset of migrant laborers impacted by the pandemic in India. And he analyzed whether painting the roofs of under-developed houses with reflective paints could help in decreasing the cooling costs of a household.
“In my work at EPIC, I learned how high frequency data can be used to understand the economic implications of policy and how we can use energy and pollution patterns as a proxy for economic recovery. These implications are highly valuable and will go a long way in my professional aspirations to solve real-world problems using statistical inferences.”