Michaël Aklin

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh


Books

Aklin, Michaël, Patrick Bayer, S.P. Harish, and Johannes Urpelainen. 2018. Escaping the Energy Poverty Trap: When and How Governments Power the Lives of the Poor. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [buy] [reviews by Caitlin Robinson and Elizabeth Chatterjee]

Aklin, Michaël and Johannes Urpelainen. 2018. Renewables: The Politics of a Global Energy Transition. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [buy] [reviews by Foreign Affairs, Varun Sivaram, Josh Busby, and Dustin Mulvaney]


Articles

Aklin, Michaël. 2021. Do High Electricity Bills Undermine Public Support for Renewables? Evidence from the European Union. Energy Policy. 156: 112400. [link] [pre-print] [replication package]

Aklin, Michaël. 2021. The Off-Grid Catch-22: Effective Institutions as a Prerequisite for the Global Deployment of Distributed Renewable Power. Energy Research & Social Science 72: 101830. [link] [pre-print] [replication package] [post for Power For All]

Pelz, Setu, Michaël Aklin, and Johannes Urpelainen. 2021. Electrification and productive use among micro- and small-enterprises in rural North India. Energy Policy 156: 112401. [link]

Aklin, Michaël, Andreas Kern, and Mario Negre. 2021. Does Central Bank Independence Increase Inequality? World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9522. [link (ungated)]

Aklin, Michaël and Johannes Urpelainen. 2021. The Evolving Role of Solar-Based Lighting Solutions in Rural India: Global Lessons for Distributed Renewables. Energy for Sustainable Development 163: 113-118. [link]

Aklin, Michaël, Brian Blankenship, Vagisha Nandan, and Johannes Urpelainen. The Great Equalizer: Inequality in Tribal Energy Access and Policies to Address It. Energy Research & Social Science. [pre-print]

Aklin, Michaël, Julia Gray, and Eric Arias. 2021. Inflation and Mass Preferences Over Currency Policy. Economics & Politics. [link]

Aklin, Michaël and Andreas Kern. 2021. The Side Effects of Central Bank Independence. American Journal of Political Science. [link] [pre-print]

Aklin, Michaël, Chao-yo Cheng, Johannes Urpelainen. 2021. Inequality in Policy Implementation: Caste and Electrification in Rural India. Journal of Public Policy 41(2): 331-359. [link] [pre-print] [replication package]

Aklin, Michaël and Matto Mildenberger. 2020. Prisoners of the Wrong Dilemma: Why Distributive Conflict, Not Collective Action, Characterizes the Politics of Climate Change. Global Environmental Politics 20(4): 4-27. [link] [pre-print] [featured in The Atlantic, Bloomberg, New York Magazine, New York Times]

Bayer, Patrick and Michaël Aklin. 2020. The European Union Emissions Trading System reduced CO2 emissions despite low prices. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117(16): 8804-8812. [link (ungated)] [replication package] [featured in Ars Technica]

Aklin, Michaël and Johannes Urpelainen. 2020. Trials and Tribulations: Lost Energy Access Gains in Rural India. Energy for Sustainable Development 55: 190-200. [link] [replication package]

Rosenberg, Meital, Daniel Armanios, Michaël Aklin, and Paulina Jaramillo. 2019. Evidence of gender inequality in energy use from a mixed-methods study in India. Nature Sustainability 3: 110-118. [link] [replication package] [featured in The Hindu, Times of India, Business Standard]

Aklin, Michaël and Andreas Kern. 2019. “Moral Hazard and Financial Crises: Evidence from American Troop Deployments”. International Studies Quarterly 63(1): 15-29. [link] [featured in NPR]

Aklin, Michaël. 2018. How Robust is the Renewable Energy Industry to Political Shocks? Evidence from the 2016 U.S. Elections. Business and Politics 20(4): 523-552. [link] [pre-print] [replication package]

Aklin, Michaël, S.P. Harish, and Johannes Urpelainen. 2018. A Global Analysis of Progress in Household Electrification. Energy Policy 122: 421-428. [link] [pre-print] [replication package] [short article using this new dataset in The Print]

Aklin, Michaël, Patrick Bayer, S.P. Harish, and Johannes Urpelainen. 2018. Economics of Household Technology Adoption in Developing Countries: Evidence from Solar Technology Adoption in Rural India. Energy Economics 72: 35-46. [link] [pre-print] [replication package]

Aklin, Michaël, Chao-yo Cheng, Johannes Urpelainen. 2018. Social Acceptance of New Energy Technology in Developing Countries: A Framing Experiment in Rural India. Energy Policy 113: 466-477. [link]

Aklin, Michaël, Chao-yo Cheng, Johannes Urpelainen. 2018. Geography, Community, Household: Adoption of Distributed Solar Power Across India”. Energy for Sustainable Development 42: 54-63. [link] [pre-print]

Aklin, Michaël, Patrick Bayer, S.P. Harish, and Johannes Urpelainen. 2017. Does Basic Energy Access Generate Socioeconomic Benefits? A Field Experiment with Off-Grid Solar Power in India. Science Advances 3(5): e1602153. [link] [replication package] [featured in The Economist, Reuters, Economic Times, Business Standard, SciDev, Mashable/Yahoo]

Aklin, Michaël. 2016. Re-Exploring the Trade and Environment Nexus Through the Diffusion of Pollution. Environmental and Resource Economics 64(4): 663-682. [link] [replication package]

Aklin, Michaël, Chao-yo Cheng, Johannes Urpelainen, Karthik Ganesan, and Abishek Jain. 2016. Factors Affecting Household Satisfaction with Electricity Supply in Rural India. Nature Energy 1: 1-6. [link] [replication package]

Aklin, Michaël, Patrick Bayer, S.P. Harish, and Johannes Urpelainen. 2015. Quantifying Slum Electrification in India and Explaining Local Variation. Energy 80(1): 203-212. [link] [replication package]

Aklin, Michaël, Patrick Bayer, S.P. Harish, and Johannes Urpelainen. 2015. The Political Economy of Energy Access: Survey Evidence from India on State Intervention and Public Opinion. Energy Research & Social Science 10: 250-258. [link] [replication package]

Aklin, Michaël, Patrick Bayer, S.P. Harish, and Johannes Urpelainen. 2014. Who Blames Corruption for the Poor Enforcement of Environmental Laws? Survey Evidence from Brazil. Environmental Economics and Policy Studies 16(3): 241-262. [link] [replication package]

Aklin, Michaël, Patrick Bayer, S.P. Harish, and Johannes Urpelainen. 2014. Information and Energy Policy Preferences: A Survey Experiment on Public Opinion About Electricity Pricing Reform in Rural India”. Economics of Governance 15(4): 305-327. [link] [replication package]

Aklin, M. and J. Urpelainen. 2014. Perceptions of Scientific Dissent Undermine Public Support for Environmental Policy. Environmental Science & Policy 38: 173-177. [link]

Aklin, M. and J. Urpelainen. 2014. The Global Spread of Environmental Ministries: Domestic-International Interactions. International Studies Quarterly 58(4): 764-780. [link] [replication package]

Aklin, Michaël, Patrick Bayer, S.P. Harish, and Johannes Urpelainen. 2013. Understanding Environmental Policy Preferences: New Evidence from Brazil. Ecological Economics 94: 28-36. [link] [replication package]

Aklin, Michaël and Johannes Urpelainen. 2013. Debating Clean Energy: Frames, Counter Frames, and Audiences. Global Environmental Change 23(5): 1225-1232. [link] [replication package] [review in Nature Climate Change]

Aklin, Michaël and Johannes Urpelainen. 2013. Political Competition, Path Dependence, and the Strategy of Sustainable Energy Transitions. American Journal of Political Science 57(3): 643-658. [link] [replication package]


Chapters

M. Aklin. “International Relations Theories and Climate Change Politics.” in Global Climate Policy. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2018.

M. Aklin, E. Arias, E. Deniz, and B.P. Rosendorff. “Domestic Politics of Trade Policy.” in Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, 2015.


Datasets

Global Electrification Database. This database contains new cross-national data on household electrification. The data are available for 124 non-OECD countries, going back to 1960 for some countries (and sometimes even earlier), for a total of 1,065 observations. The data cover rural, urban, and aggregate electrification rates.

For more details, see: Aklin, Michaël, S.P. Harish, and Johannes Urpelainen. 2018. A Global Analysis of Progress in Household Electrification. Energy Policy 122: 421-428. [link] [pre-print]


ACCESS. This dataset contains survey data on energy access. In total, 8,568 households from six large, energy-poor states from northern, central and eastern India were interviewed. Project jointly conducted with CEEW.

For more details, see: Aklin, Michaël, Chao-yo Cheng, Johannes Urpelainen, Karthik Ganesan, and Abishek Jain. 2016. Factors Affecting Household Satisfaction with Electricity Supply in Rural India. Nature Energy 1: 1-6. [link]


Reports

Sharma, Shruti, Tom Moerenhout, and Michaël Aklin. 2020. How to Target Residential Electricity Subsidies in India. Winnipeg and Geneva: IISD. [featured in Prabhat Khabar, Amar Ujala, DW]

Aklin, Michaël. 2019. Global Progress in Electrification. ISEP Policy Brief 2019-2.

Aklin, Michaël, Patrick Bayer, S.P. Harish, and Johannes Urpelainen. 2017. Small off-Grid solar systems displace kerosene, but evidence for social and economic impact remain weak. ISEP Policy Brief 2017-1.

Jain, Abishek, Sunila Ray, Karthik Ganesan, Michaël Aklin, Chao-yo Cheng, and Johannes Urpelainen. 2015. Access to Clean Cooking Energy and Electricity. New Delhi: Council on Energy, Environment and Water.