Sriniketh Nagavarapu is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department and Center for Environmental Studies at Brown University. His research focus is in development economics, specifically on how local institutions manage natural resources and service delivery, and how their management choices are influenced by market linkages and the nature of the resources or services.
During Sriniketh’s year visit to PESD, he will examine the rationale for institutional intervention into the important area of energy services in developing countries. In two new projects with PESD researchers, he will be analyzing how much households internalize the health benefits of improved cookstoves, and the effect of energy efficiency improvements on energy consumption.
Sriniketh also has other projects he is currently working on. In the environmental arena, private and public institutions can play critical roles in the management of fisheries, forests, and ground water. In a project with ecologists and other social scientists, he is examining when fishing cooperatives can effectively manage their resources, focusing on the case of Mexico’s Gulf of California fisheries. In the delivery of services, such as food aid, health care, and education, much authority over implementation is devolved to local institutions around the world, leading to vast differences in implementation within countries. He also has an ongoing project examining the reasons for extraordinarily low take-up rates in India’s Public Distribution System, which is a major mechanism used to channel food to India’s poor.