Building equity and fairness into climate solutions

MIT Faculty and Researchers

Abhijit Banerjee (lead), Iqbal Dhaliwal (lead), Claire Walsh (lead), Clare Balboni, Sarah DiCioccio, Gabrielle Hauray, Namrata Kala, Benjamin Olken, Maike Pfeiffer, Adrien Rose, Andrea Christina Ruiz

MIT Schools/Affiliation

External Collaborators

Michael Greenstone (University of Chicago), Kelsey Jack (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Research summary

Climate change disproportionately affects people living in poverty and threatens to push over 120 million people below the global poverty line by 2030. To effectively and equitably confront climate change, leaders across the public, private, and non-profit sectors need scientific evidence not only on which technological innovations are effective, but how to design policy innovations that overcome behavioral, economic, social, and political barriers to adoption. The King Climate Action Initiative (K-CAI) at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) proposes to collaborate with interdisciplinary partners across MIT, and J-PAL’s global network of hundreds of researchers and policy partners, to co-design, pilot, evaluate, and scale high-impact solutions to mitigate climate change and help vulnerable communities adapt. MIT and J-PAL will evaluate the real-world impact of climate solutions in the field, catalyze the adoption of effective solutions, and speed up innovations’ pathway to policy.

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