Varun Rai

University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs

Assistant Professor

2300 Red River St., Stop E2700

PO Box Y

Austin, TX 78713

United States

University of Texas at Austin - Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering

United States

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

27

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Scholarly Papers (27)

1.

Energy and India's Foreign Policy

Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) Working Paper No. 75
Number of pages: 44 Posted: 07 May 2009
Jeremy Carl, Varun Rai and David G. Victor
Stanford University - Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs and UC San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy
Downloads 982 (34,533)
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India, Energy policy of India, Foreign policy of India, State-owned companies, Reforms in India

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Climate Change and the Energy Challenge: A Pragmatic Approach for India

Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 44, No. 31, 2009
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 16 Aug 2009
Varun Rai and David G. Victor
University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs and UC San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy
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India, energy policy, climate change policy, technology transfer

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Venture Capital in Clean Energy Innovation Finance: Insights from the U.S. Market during 2005-2014

Number of pages: 33 Posted: 21 Oct 2015
University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
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Clean energy innovation, Venture capital, Corporate venture capital, Cleantech, Startup risk reduction, Demand certainty

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Carbon Capture and Storage at Scale: Lessons from the Growth of Analogous Energy Technologies

Energy Policy, Vol. 38, pp. 4089–4098, 2009
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 06 May 2009 Last Revised: 28 Aug 2012
University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs, UC San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy and Stanford University - Program on Energy and Sustainable Development
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CCS, Carbon Capture and Storage, Technology Policy, Technology Diffusion, Climate change policy, Technological innovation

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PESD Carbon Storage Project Database

Number of pages: 13 Posted: 06 May 2009
University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs, affiliation not provided to SSRN, Stanford University - Program on Energy and Sustainable Development and UC San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy
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Carbon Capture and Storage, CCS, Technology Deployment, CCS Projects, CCS Database

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The Real Drivers of Carbon Capture and Storage In China and Implications for Climate Policy

Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) Working Paper No. 88
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 28 Aug 2009 Last Revised: 26 May 2014
Richard K. Morse, Varun Rai and Gang He
Stanford University, University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs and State University of New York (SUNY) - Department of Technology and Society
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carbon capture and storage, China, CCS, climate change policy, post-Kyoto, Energy Policy of China

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The Role of Carbon Capture and Storage in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Models: A Parametric Study for the U.S. Power Sector

Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) Working Paper No. 85, Energy Policy, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 1177-1191, February 2010
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 08 Jul 2009 Last Revised: 26 May 2014
Stanford UniversityElectric Power Research Institute and University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs
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CCS, carbon capture and storage, technology policy, integrated assessment modeling, technological diffusion

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Agent-Based Modeling of Energy Technology Adoption: Empirical Integration of Social, Behavioral, Economic, and Environmental Factors

Number of pages: 35 Posted: 20 Oct 2014
Varun Rai and Scott Robinson
University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs and University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Downloads 227 (195,907)
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Agent-based modeling; Solar photovoltaic (PV); Complex systems; Technology adoption; Social networks; Bounded rationality

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Demand-Pull and Innovation in the U.S. Solar Market

Number of pages: 43 Posted: 23 Jul 2013 Last Revised: 06 Aug 2013
University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
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PV balance of system, Demand pull, Induced innovation, Patent analysis, California solar initiative, Economics of innovation

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Adapting to Shifting Government Priorities: An Assessment of the Performance and Strategy of India's ONGC

Number of pages: 81 Posted: 26 Apr 2010
Varun Rai
University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs
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Community Organizations and Active Peer Effects in the Adoption of Residential Solar PV

Number of pages: 36 Posted: 06 Aug 2013
Daniel Noll, Colleen Dawes and Varun Rai
University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs
Downloads 165 (260,059)
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Diffusion of Innovations, Peer Effects, Solar Community Organizations, Change Agent

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Middle Ground in Customer-Utility Relationship? Analyzing the Drivers of Variations in Deployment Models for Community Solar

Number of pages: 42 Posted: 01 Apr 2015
University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs
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Solar PV, Community Solar, Utility Business Model, Distributed Generation, Renewable Portfolio Standards, Net Energy Metering

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India's Energy Data: The Urgent Need to Move from Patchwork Systems to a National Energy Information Agency

Number of pages: 9 Posted: 15 Aug 2016
University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs, Brookings Institution, Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad and University of California, Berkeley - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
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Energy Data, India, Big Data, Energy Analysis, Energy Institutions, EIA

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Strategic Drivers of International Low-Carbon Technology Transfer

Number of pages: 47 Posted: 05 Jun 2013
Varun Rai, Kaye Schultz and Erik Funkhouser
University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
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Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, Joint Ventures, Diffusion of Innovations, Absorptive Capacity, National Innovation System

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Serious Games in Breaking Informational Barriers in Solar Energy

Number of pages: 28 Posted: 02 Aug 2016
Varun Rai and Ariane Beck
University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs and University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Downloads 106 (363,250)
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Solar PV, Information Gap, Theory of Planned Behavior, Serious Games, Gamification, Randomized Control Trial

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Diffusion of Environmentally-Friendly Energy Technologies: Buy vs. Lease Differences in Residential PV Markets

Environmental Research Letters, 8(1), 014022 (2013)
Number of pages: 8 Posted: 16 Jun 2013
Varun Rai and Ben Sigrin
University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs and University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
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Residential Solar PV, Discount Rates, Solar Business Models, Individual Decision-making

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Determinants of Spatio-Temporal Patterns of Energy Technology Adoption: An Agent-Based Modeling Approach

Number of pages: 23 Posted: 20 Oct 2014
Scott Robinson and Varun Rai
University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs
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Agent-based modeling; Solar photovoltaic (PV); Complex systems; Technology adoption; Bounded rationality; Residential energy

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How Energy Access Impacts Primary Healthcare: Evidence from India

PLOS ONE 16 (6): e0252705.
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 02 Sep 2020 Last Revised: 18 Jan 2022
Vivek Shastry and Varun Rai
University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs and University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs
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Energy Access, Primary Healthcare, Electricity, Sustainable Development Goals, India

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A National Certification Scheme to Enhance Trust and Quality in the Indian Residential Solar PV Market

Number of pages: 11 Posted: 18 Jul 2016
University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Austin, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs
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Residential solar, Energy in India, Information asymmetry, Third-party certification, Consumer Behavior, Diffusion of Innovation

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Public Perceptions and Information Gaps in Solar Energy in Texas

Environmental Research Letters, 10, 074011, 2015
Number of pages: 9 Posted: 07 Aug 2015
Varun Rai and Ariane Beck
University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs and University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
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Solar PV, Residential Energy, Distributed Generation, Texas Emissions, Information Barriers, Technology Adoption, Decision-making

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Strike While the Rebate Is Hot: Savvy Consumers and Strategic Technology Adoption Timing

Number of pages: 28 Posted: 17 Feb 2018
D Cale Reeves and Varun Rai
University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs
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solar photovoltaics, technology adoption, decision making, rebate pass-through, announcement effect, consumer behavior

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Predicting Latent Constructs from Passive Datasets – Significance and Opportunities

Number of pages: 40 Posted: 10 Dec 2018 Last Revised: 06 May 2019
Ashok Sekar and Varun Rai
University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs
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cognitive factors, latent constructs, open data, passive data, social science, policy

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Local Demand-Pull Policy and Energy Innovation: Evidence from the Solar Photovoltaic Market in China

Number of pages: 47 Posted: 01 Mar 2018
Xue Gao and Varun Rai
University of Miami and University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs
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Demand pull, Regional innovation, Patents, Comparative advantage, Solar PV

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Small is Big: Interactive Trumps Passive Information in Breaking Information Barriers and Impacting Behavioral Antecedents

Number of pages: 41 Posted: 21 Aug 2016 Last Revised: 23 Aug 2016
Ariane Beck, Kiran Lakkaraju and Varun Rai
University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, Sandia National Laboratories and University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs
Downloads 44 (576,055)
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Information Salience, Solar PV, Serious Games, Gamification, RCT, Information Gaps

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Does Geography Matter? A Study of Technological Learning and Innovation in the Solar Photovoltaic Balance-of-Systems Industry

Number of pages: 38 Posted: 18 May 2020
Xue Gao and Varun Rai
University of Miami and University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs
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Effective Information Channels for Reducing Costs of Environmentally-Friendly Technologies: Evidence from Residential PV Markets

Environmental Research Letters, 8(1), 014044 (2013)
Number of pages: 8 Posted: 17 Jun 2013
Varun Rai and Scott Robinson
University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs and University of Texas at Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
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Residential Solar PV, Diffusion of Innovations, Peer Effects, Consumer Decision-Making, Distributed Generation

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Predicting Firm Creation in Rural Texas: A Multi-Model Machine Learning Approach to a Complex Policy Problem

Number of pages: 39 Posted: 29 Apr 2022
Mark C. Hand, Vivek Shastry and Varun Rai
University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs and University of Texas at Austin - LBJ School of Public Affairs
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Entrepreneurship, rural entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship policy, machine learning