Rubbish economics: Decreasing the use of informal dumps in Bengaluru slums

We will study the spatial distribution of waste generation and public waste service provision throughout Bengaluru. This will inform the design of targeted supply- and demand-side interventions intended to expand the reach and quality of waste services.

September 2023 · Ashton Pallottini, Yixin Sun, Jun Wong, Emma Zhang

Opening up military innovation: An evaluation of reforms to the U.S. Air Force SBIR program

A critical dimension of government innovation procurement is whether to specify desired products (conventional) or allow firms to suggest ideas (open). We evaluate reforms to a U.S. Air Force R&D grant program where both conventional and open competitions were held simultaneously. Open awards increase commercial innovation and technology adoption by the military.

March 2023 · Sabrina Howell, Jason Rathje, John Van Reenen, Jun Wong

Lender automation and racial disparities in credit access

Process automation can reduce racial disparities in credit access. We study this in the context of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) where lenders faced no credit risk but decided which firms to serve. Black-owned firms primarily obtained PPP loans from automated fintech lenders, especially in areas with high racial animus.

November 2022 · Sabrina Howell, Theresa Kuchler, David Snitkof, Johannes Stroebel, Jun Wong

Market potential for CO2 removal and sequestration from renewable natural gas production in California

We develop a spatially explicit optimization model to assess niche markets for renewable natural gas (RNG) production with carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) from waste biomass in California. Policy incentives can catalyze niche markets for the production of renewable natural gas with carbon capture and sequestration from waste biomass in California.

March 2022 · Jun Wong, Jonathan Santoso, Marjorie Went, Daniel L. Sanchez

Innovative wood use can enable carbon-beneficial forest management in California

Natural carbon sinks can help mitigate climate change but are exposed to wildfire risk. Forest management can reduce wildfire risk but incur carbon losses because wood residues are often burnt or left to decay. We assess climate change mitigation potential and wildfire outcomes across forest management scenarios and several wood products.

November 2021 · Bodie Cabiyo, Jeremy S. Fried, Brandon M. Collins, William Stewart, Jun Wong, Daniel L. Sanchez