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Heat Adaptation and Human Performance in a Warming Climate

Labor productivity, human capital formation, and income growth decline amid hot ambient temperatures. The implications of such temperature sensitivity for climate change damages depend upon the capacity for human adaptation to persistent temperature …

Electrification to Grow Manufacturing? Evidence from Nepal

Almost half of firms in South Asia identify electricity as a major constraint to operations. We investigate whether electrification in Nepal -- via microhydro mini-grids -- helped grow the manufacturing sector. Electrification led to a substantial …

The Value of Information Disclosure: Evidence from Mask Consumption in China

We study the effect of information provision on avoidance behavior, using China's staggered roll-out of air pollution information and a unique dataset of high-frequency mask purchase transactions. Employing a generalized difference-in-differences …

Smart Meters and the Benefits from Electricity Quality Improvements

Poor service quality is a challenge common to the electricity sector in many developing countries. Smart meters provide additional information to both consumers and utilities, potentially mitigating this challenge. In a randomized experiment in …

Clean Development Mechanism and Knowledge Spillovers: Evidence from Chinese Firm-level Patent Data

Under the Kyoto Protocol, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is expected to play a role in facilitating the North-South knowledge spillovers for climate-friendly technologies. Using Chinese firm-level patents and citations during the 2000-2015 period, …

Research Collaboration beyond the Boundary: Evidence from University Patents in China

Geographical distance constitutes friction of searching research collaborators. Taking advantage of a quasi-natural experiment featured by recently connected High-Speed Railway (HSR) lines in China, this paper seeks to identify the impact of a …

Directed Technological Change: Evidence from Cleaner Production Audit in China

This paper tests whether environmental regulation could induce firms' directed innovation towards environmental related technologies, using a panel dataset of Chinese listed firms during the 2000-2016 period. We use the mandatory participation in the …