The International Energy Initiative (IEI) is proud to announce the winner of the 2011 Amulya K.N. Reddy Prize. The winner was selected as the best article accepted for publication in Energy for Sustainable Development (Elsevier) during 2011, on topics/issues that were studied by the late Professor Reddy,
co-founder of IEI.
This annual prize is made possible as a result of a generous donation from Professor José Goldemberg.
The winner is Narasimha D. Rao, and the winning paper is: “Kerosene Subsidies in India: When Energy Policy Fails as Social Policy.” Energy for Sustainable Development 16 (1) (March 2012): 35–43. doi:10.1016/j.esd.2011.12.007.
Opinion of the Prize Committee
This paper analyses three issues that have been of great importance in all Prof. Amulya K.N. Reddy’s energy work: India, poverty and cooking energy. One of Amulya’s last activities was to start a major effort on clean cooking fuels.
The author provides a thorough analysis of kerosene subsidies using primary data collected from urban households in the state of Maharashtra. The paper is well researched and impeccably structured, presenting the recent literature, quantitative data on cooking energy consumption of the population studied, with details that are hard to find in other similar papers from developing countries. His research was able to determine the main drivers for kerosene demand and more importantly how the subsidies to kerosene really reach the target population.
His effort to measure the impact of such public policy showing the distortion of the end-result where only 26% of the amount of subsidy really reach the poor households, the rest being diverted into a black market, certainly have implications for improving public policies. His research method, recommendations for improved policy design, and the topic chosen in our view make the paper a very good example to be followed.
In our view this should be the paper to receive the Amulya K. Reddy Prize.