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Dr. Sonam Gupta’s Paper is Accepted for Publication at the World Bank Economic Review

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dr. Sonam Gupta

Dr. Sonam Gupta’s paper “The Effect of Metro Expansions on Air Pollution in Delhi,” was recently accepted for publication at the World Bank Economic Review. The paper, co-authored by Dr. Deepti Goel, was also cited by the Indian Express earlier this year in an article titled “Death by Breath: Metro helps but.”   

The paper discusses the Delhi Metro (DM), an electric based mass rapid transit system serving the National Capital Region of India. The DM is also the world’s first rail project to earn carbon credits under the Clean Development Mechanism of the United Nations for reductions in energy consumption and CO2 emissions. In this paper Dr. Gupta analyzes whether the DM led to reductions in localized pollution measured in terms of NO2, CO, and PM2.5, three transportation source pollutants present at dangerously high levels in Delhi.

Read the entire abstract.

“I’m excited to be a part of such important work," Dr. Gupta said. "World Bank Economic Review is a widely read publication. I look forward to sharing our results with other researchers and to continue related research."

Dr. Gupta is an applied economist with expertise in applied econometrics, labor economics, and program evaluation methods. Dr. Gupta has significant experience in conducting randomized control trials, employing diverse advanced econometric techniques for data analysis, and managing large databases. Her current research projects are based in the US and India, and are unique in part because of her focus on collecting micro level primary data.