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Thomas C. Heller
Working Papers

Contract Enforcement and Firm Organization: Evidence from the Indian Textile Industry

Nicholas Bloom, Benn Eifert, Thomas C. Heller, Erik Jensen, Aprajit Mahajan
CDDRL Working Papers , 2009

Using new field-level and international survey evidence we highlight one channel via which weak legal institutions may lower Indian productivity and growth. We provide evidence that top executives in Indian firms are highly centralized and do not delegate functional responsibility and decision making to middle-management. Case-study evidence and large-scale firm surveys suggest executives fear that managers will misappropriate firm assets given the opportunity to do so, in part because the weak legal system is unlikely to successfully punish the culprits and recover the assets.

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Political Economy of Power Sector Reform: The Experiences of Five Major Developing Countries

Thomas C. Heller, David G. Victor
Cambridge University Press , 2007

Over the last fifteen years the world's largest developing countries have initiated market reforms in their electric power sectors from generation to distribution. This book evaluates the experiences of five of those countries - Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa - as they have shifted from state-dominated systems to schemes allowing for a larger private sector role.

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Greenhouse Gas Implications in Large Scale Infrastructure Investments in Developing Countries: Examples from China and India

Mike Jackson, Sarah Joy, Thomas C. Heller, David G. Victor
Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Working Paper #54 , 2006

Engaging developing countries is essential to creating meaningful international regimes to address climate change. We assert that this engagement requires developed countries to broker greenhouse gas emissions abatement plans that accommodate developing countries' energy and development goals. Here we explore two deals: the first to replace coal-fired electricity capacity with natural gas in China, and the second to develop India's nuclear power program.

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Journal Articles

Carbon intensity of electricity generation and CDM baseline: case studies of three Chinese provinces

Chi Zhang, Thomas C. Heller, Michael M. May
Energy Policy , 2005

A difficult and persistent issue in the discussion of Clean Development Mechanism is estimating a carbon emissions baseline, against which tradable permits may be certified. This paper examines the proposition of adopting sectoral, as opposed to project level, baselines by conducting case studies of the electricity industry in three Chinese provinces. We find that complicated central planning, financial and institutional factors have been behind the declining trend of carbon intensity in electricity generation and its provincial variations.

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Beyond Common Knowledge: Empirical Approaches to the Rule of Law

Erik Jensen, Thomas C. Heller
Stanford University Press , 2005

An intensive global search is on for the "rule of law," the holy grail of good governance, which has led to a dramatic increase in judicial reform activities in developing countries. Very little attention, however, has been paid to the widening gap between theory and practice, or to the ongoing disconnect between stated project goals and actual funded activities. Beyond Common Knowledge examines the standard methods of legal and judicial reform.

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Baseline for carbon emissions in the Indian and Chinese power sectors: implications for international carbon trading

Thomas C. Heller, David G. Victor, P.R. Shukla, Debhashish Biswas, Tirthankar Nag, Chi Zhang, Thomas C. Heller, David G. Victor, P.R. Shukla, Debhashish Biswas, Tirthankar Nag
Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Working Paper #34 , 2005

This paper was published by Energy Policy in January 2005.

The study examines the dynamics of carbon emissions baselines of electricity

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Working Papers

Global Standards; Global Growth?

Thomas C. Heller
CDDRL Working Papers , 2004

This volume centers on the movement toward global legal standards, an increasingly recognized dimension of the quest to improve the rule of law. Although the drive to make law uniform across disparate political jurisdictions has a rich and imposing history, the contemporary enterprise to enact and enforce standard legal norms and procedures in fields as diverse as the law of companies, financial regulation, labor, constitutional dimensions of trade disputes resolution, environment and criminal procedure is clearly a growth industry.

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Experience with Independent Power Projects (IPPs) in Developing Countries: Introduction and Case Study Methods, The

David G. Victor, Thomas C. Heller, Joshua C. House, Pei Yee Woo
Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Working Paper #23 , 2004

Starting in the late 1980s many nations began to reform their electric power markets away from state-dominated systems to those with a greater role for market forces. In developing countries, especially, these reforms have proved challenging. Successful reform requires a complex set of institutions and complementary reforms, such as in public finance and corporate governance. State-dominated systems typically create their own powerful constituencies that block or redirect the reform process.

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Impact of Power Sector Reforms on Technology, Efficiency and Emissions: Case Study of Andhra Pradesh, India

P.R. Shukla, Debashish Biswas, Tirthankar Nag, Amee Yajnik, Thomas C. Heller, David G. Victor
Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Working Paper #20 , 2004

The study traces the pattern of development of the electricity sector in India through a case study of the state of Andhra Pradesh. The main objective of the study is to assess the impact of reforms on the electricity generation industry at the state level. The state is selected as a unit of study to bring out the regional variances that may not be captured at a more aggregate or country level study. The study finds that there has been a steady improvement in the efficiency of generation from coal and gas. However, generation from clean sources like hydro has been declining.

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Impact of Power Sector Reforms on Technology, Efficiency and Emissions: Case Study of Gujarat, India

P.R. Shukla, Debashish Biswas, Tirthankar Nag, Amee Yajnik, Thomas C. Heller, David G. Victor
Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Working Paper #21 , 2004

The study examines the impact of the power sector reforms on the electricity generation industry at the state level in India through a case study of the state of Gujarat. The state has been selected as a unit of study to bring out the regional variances that are not captured at a more aggregate or country level study. The study finds that the reforms have led to the emergence of various ownership structures with associated changes in fuel mix and technology. There has been a steady improvement in the efficiency of generation with reduction in carbon intensities.

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Captive Power Plants: Case Study of Gujarat, India

P.R. Shukla, Debashish Biswas, Tirthankar Nag, Amee Yajnik, Thomas C. Heller, David G. Victor
Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Working Paper #22 , 2004

In India, in the last few years, the installed capacity of the Captive Power Plants (CPPs) has grown at a faster rate compared to the utilities. This study examines the factors responsible for the growth of the CPPs. For this purpose the case study of the CPPs of Gujarat is undertaken. In 2002, Gujarat had 2.44 GW installed capacity of captive power plants, which represent almost 22% of the total installed capacity.

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Reform of the Chinese Electric Power Market: Economics and Institutions

Chi Zhang, Thomas C. Heller
Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Working Paper #3 , 2004

When the People's Republic was founded in 1949, the Chinese electricity industry, with only 1.85 GW installed capacity, was primitive. It has since grown into the second largest in the world, with installed capacity rising to 353 GW in 2002. The number of people who have no access to electricity has been reduced to less than 2 percent of a population of 1.26 billion. On a per capita basis, installed capacity has edged up to one half of the world's average. Development has been particularly impressive since the 1980s thanks to increased investment in the sector.

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Books

Development and Climate: Engaging Developing Countries

Thomas C. Heller, P.R. Shukla
Pew Center on Global Climate Change , 2003

This chapter, by PESD fellow Thomas Heller and PESD affiliate P.R. Shukla, was published by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change in 2003 as part of their "Beyond Kyoto" series.

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Political Economy and the Hydrogen Revolution

David G. Victor, Thomas C. Heller, Nadejda M. Victor
The Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Working Paper #17 , 2003

In recent years, the professional punditry has lofted hydrogen into the firmament of technological wonders. A "hydrogen revolution" is now the most often touted remedy to threats to energy security and the specter of climate change and other environmental harms caused by burning fossil fuels the old fashioned way-combustion.

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Electricity Restructuring and the Social Contract

Thomas C. Heller, Henri Tjiong, David G. Victor
Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Working Paper #15 , 2003

The electricity sector is a major contributor to air and water pollution. Electricity also supplies vital services to modern societies-it literally powers economic growth. Given these vital roles, societies have constructed a "social contract" with the electric power industry.

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Political Economy of Electric Power Market Restructuring: Introduction to Issues and Expectations, A

Thomas C. Heller, David G. Victor
Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Working Paper #1 , 2003

Over the last three decades a wave of reform has spread nearly every aspect of modern economic activity. Reformers have sought to replace state control with markets in air transportation, telecommunications, banking, ports, railroads, food service, and sundry other activities. Even Russian vodka is the product, today, of markets rather than a state behemoth. The experience with reform has underscored that markets to do not arise or function spontaneously. They require institutions, such as law courts, securities markets and regulatory agencies, to deliver on their promise.

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Impact on Global Warming of Development and Structural Changes in The Electricity Sector of Guangdong Province, China

Chi Zhang, Michael M. May, Thomas C. Heller
CISAC , 2000

This paper examines the impact on global warming of development and structural changes in the electricity sector of Guangdong Province, China, together with the possible effect of international instruments such as are generated by the Kyoto Protocol on that impact. The purpose of the paper is three-fold: to examine and analyze the data available, to put that data into an explanatory economic and institutional framework, and to analyze the possible application of international instruments such as CDMs in that locality.

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