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November 26, 2018
When Do Subsidy Reforms Stick? Lessons from Iran, Nigeria, and India
November 17, 2017
This paper covers qualitative case studies from Iran, Nigeria, and India to illustrate a series of lessons for governments implementing subsidy reform policies. From these three country experiences, we find that fostering public support to implement lasting reform may depend on four measures: (1) fo...
Girl Summit DC: Keeping Promises through Policy Research
October 17, 2016
The third annual Girl Summit DC—taking place this week and co-hosted by CGD, IWHC, Girls Not Brides USA, Population Council, the International Center for Research on Women, and CARE—will be an opportunity to push for more research in specific policy areas, including how to address harmfu...
More Than a Lightbulb
April 12, 2016
How much energy do the world’s poor need? The current definition of "modern energy access" sets an extremely low bar. A new CGD paper presents five recommendations for a new standard of energy access that would signify meaningful transformation in households and national economies.
Income Categories and Proposed Energy Categories
March 02, 2016
Energy use is highly correlated with a country’s income category. No rich country consumes less than 5,000 kWh/person/year; no poor country consumes more than 300 kWh/person/year. Just as countries are categorized as low, lower middle, upper middle, and high income, energy categories could be estab...
US Holiday Lights Use More Electricity Than El Salvador Does In a Year
December 18, 2015
At this time of the year, sparkling trees and decorated lawns have taken over. A 2008 study from the US Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) found that decorative seasonal lights accounted for 6.6 billion kilowatt hours of electricity consumption every year in ...