Rema Hanna

Do Higher Incomes Result in Cleaner Fuel Choices?

Do Higher Incomes Result in Cleaner Fuel Choices?

June 15, 2015

By Doug Gavel - Harvard Kennedy School

On the macro level, developing countries have historically burned so-called “dirty” fuels to grow their economics, but then subsequently spearheaded efforts to burn cleaner fuels – both to help clean up their own air, and to align with international norms for combating global climate change.

Playing ‘truth or dare’ with governance

Playing ‘truth or dare’ with governance

April 9, 2015

By Suvojit Chattopadhyay - Live Mint

In an experimental study, Rema Hanna (Harvard University) and Shing-Yi Wang (University of Pennsylvania) reported on some lab experiments with senior university students in India designed to capture their propensity to cheat.

Washington consensus on HFCs: US President Barack Obama and two Indian Prime Ministers agree on the road ahead

Washington consensus on HFCs: US President Barack Obama and two Indian Prime Ministers agree on the road ahead

October 6, 2014

By Jairam Ramesh - Live Mint

It is unlikely that those at the helm of affairs would read the American Economic Review, the most prestigious publication of the economics profession. This is a pity because in a very recent issue, Michael Greenstone of the University of Chicago and Rema Hanna of Harvard University have published the most detailed analysis ever of the impacts of key air and water pollution control regulations in India.

Q & A: Air quality linked to productivity

Q & A: Air quality linked to productivity

December 1, 2013

HKS Magazine
By Sarah Abrams
Two years ago, Rema Hanna, associate professor of public policy, and Paulina Oliva of the University of California, Santa Barbara, began a study looking at the relationship between air quality and worker absenteeism in Mexico City. The results of their study, Hanna believes, will help inform discussions around the world concerning air quality regulation. She talks about her research below.

Q What made you decide to look at this particular issue?

Has environmental regulation been successful in India?

Has environmental regulation been successful in India?

July 16, 2012
Ideas for India
India has an impressive number of environmental regulations – but have they been a success? This column presents evidence that while initiatives such as catalytic converters for cars have reduced air pollution, there has been far less success in tackling water pollution. It argues that regulators will only be effective when they are given enough power and legitimacy.