Dr Kenneth Lee
Does household electrification supercharge economic development?
Director, Air Quality Life Index (AQLI), University of Chicago

Ken Lee is an accomplished economist with broad experience across the energy sector and beyond. He is currently the Director of the Air Quality Life Index (AQLI), developed by economists at the University of Chicago. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago in India (EPIC India).

As a researcher, he works on topics related to international development, environmental and energy economics. Together with Catherine Wolfram and Edward (Ted) Miguel, he is the author of the EEG State of Knowledge paper Electrification and economic development: A microeconomic perspective and also author of the widely cited paper Does household electrification supercharge economic development?, Journal of Economic Perspectives (2020), which finds limited evidence for electricity to change poor lives. He is also the author of a forthcoming book chapter on ‘Expanding electricity access in Kenya’.  He completed a PhD and MSc at UC Berkeley, an MIA at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a BCom at McGill University.