Field Experiments to Measure the Impact of Solar Lights at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Some African governments (e.g., Rwanda) are distributing high-end solar home systems freely to the poor; it is not clear whether those systems are cost-effective in terms of producing the desired impact and whether the target impact can be achieved by cheaper kits. This project aims to quantify the relationships between the quality of a lighting system, the resultant usage of that system, and the rate at which it generates impact.

Serguei Netessine

Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, Wharton
Serguei Netessine is vice dean for global initiatives and professor in the Operations, Information and Decisions Department at The Wharton School.