The project aims to understand what kind of elected political representatives can influence environmental outcomes in India. In particular, it aims to assess whether an elected politician’s identity (i.e. gender) and quality (i.e. whether they are “educated” or have a “criminal background”) can have any effect on forest cover gain or loss. The focus is on forest endowments as forests are an important carbon sink and therefore forest cover loss can accelerate global warming, exacerbating the adverse impacts of climate change.

The project aims to study the role of norms in influencing household crop residue burning behaviour, the role and limitations of awareness schemes in incentivising behaviour change, and modelling price mechanisms to incentivise behavioural change.