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Govinda R. Timilsina

Sr Research Economist

GOVINDA TIMILSINA is a Senior Research Economist in the Development Research Group. He has more than 15 years experience across a board range of energy and climate change economics at the international level. His key expertise includes general equilibrium and input-output modeling; project based mechanisms under the Kyoto Protocol; climate change science, impacts and mitigation; GHG market; energy sector modeling and electricity economics & planning. Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Timilsina was a Senior Research Director at the Canadian Energy Research Institute, Calgary, Canada where he was engaged mainly on climate change policy analysis, economic impacts assessment and electricity issues. Mr. Timilsina served as a member of the Small-scale CDM Panel and the Registration and Issuance Team (RIT) of the Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board (CDM-EB) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He holds a masters and a doctoral degree in energy economics from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok.

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Transaction costs of low-carbon technologies and policies : the diverging literature (English)

Transaction costs are major challenge to moving forward toward low-carbon economic growth, as new technologies or policies tend to have higher transaction costs compared with those in the business as usual situation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6565 AUG 01, 2013

Mansoz, Mathilde; Neij, Lena; Timilsina, Govinda R; Mundaca, Luis

Should Zambia produce biodiesel from soybeans ? some insights from an empirical analysis (English)

Facing a huge fiscal burden due to imports of entire petroleum despite the availability of a surplus of agricultural land to produce biofuels, Zambia, a country in Sub-Saharan Africa, has recently introduced a biofuel mandate. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6498 JUN 01, 2013

Drabik, Dusan; Timilsina, Govinda R.; de Gorter, Harry

Are biofuels economically competitive with their petroleum counterparts ?production cost analysis for Zambia (English)

With increased global interest in biofuels, Zambia, a Sub-Saharan African country that entirely depends on imports for its petroleum supply, is planning to implement blending mandates for biofuels. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6499 JUN 01, 2013

Sinkala, Thomson; Timilsina, Govinda R.; Ekanayake, Indira J.

Macroeconomic and distributional impacts of jatropha-based biodiesel in Mali (English)

Mali, a landlocked West African nation at the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, has introduced a program to produce biodiesel using jatropha curcas, a non-edible shrub widely available throughout the country by farmers for generations as a living fence for their gardens. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6500 JUN 01, 2013

Boccanfuso, Dorothee; Timilsina, Govinda R.; Savard, Luc; Coulibaly, Massa

How much does an increase in oil prices affect the global economy ? some insights from a general equilibrium analysis (English)

A global computable general equilibrium model is used to analyze the economic impacts of rising oil prices with endogenously determined availability of biofuels to mitigate those impacts. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6515 JUN 01, 2013

Timilsina, Govinda R.

Climate change in the Himalayas : current state of knowledge (English)

This paper reviews the literature on the potential biophysical and economic impacts of climate change in the Himalayas. Existing observations indicate that the temperature is rising at a higher rate in Nepal and Chinese regions of the Himalayas compared with rest of the Himalayas. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6516 JUN 01, 2013

Timilsina, Govinda R.; Acharya, Kumud; Gautam, Mahesh R.

An economic model of Brazil's ethanol-sugar markets and impacts of fuel policies (English)

The lack of growth in the Brazilian sugarcane-ethanol complex since the 2008 financial crisis has been blamed on policies: lower mandate, holding gasoline prices below world levels, high fuel taxes, and inadequate fuel tax exemptions for ethanol. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6524 JUN 01, 2013

de Gorter, Harry; Drabik, Dusan; Kliauga, Erika M.; Timilsina, Govinda R.

The effect of biodiesel policies on world oilseed markets and developing countries (English)

Using an empirical model, this study provides some insights into the functioning of the oilseed-biodiesel-diesel market complex in a large country that determines the biodiesel price, reflecting market equilibrium changes resulting from volatility in the crude oil price. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6453 MAY 01, 2013

Drabik, Dusan; Timilsina, Govinda R.; de Gorter, Harry

Linking power supply to jobs : estimating employment effects of Powerlinks Transmission Limited Project in India and Bhutan (English)

This study estimates the impact on jobs from power transmission lines constructed by Power links Transmission Limited (PTL), a joint venture company supported by IFC, which helped bring power from a Bhutanese hydropower plant to India. ... See More +

Brief 81999 JAN 01, 2013

Datta, Namita; Timilsina, Govinda; Khanna, Mahima; Massuet, Ferran Casadevall

Development of biofuels in China : technologies, economics and policies (English)

China promulgated the Medium and Long-Term Development Plan for Renewable Energy in 2007, which included targets of 2010 and 2020 for various renewable energy technologies including biofuels. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6243 OCT 01, 2012

Timilsina, Govinda R.; Shiyan, Chang; Lili, Zhao; Xiliang, Zhang

Estimating employment effects of Powerlinks Transmission Limited Project in India and Bhutan (English)

In 2003 International Finance Corporation (IFC) committed a loan of US $75 million to Powerlinks Transmission Limited (PTL) a joint venture company, to construct power transmission lines that helped evacuate hydropower from Bhutan to a number of States in north and east India. ... See More +

Working Paper 81998 SEP 01, 2012

Datta, Namita; Timilsina, Govinda; Khanna, Mahima; Massuet, Ferran Casadevall

Economic implications of moving toward global convergence on emission intensities (English)

One key contentious issue in climate change negotiations is the huge difference in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per capita between more advanced industrialized countries and other nations. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6115 JUL 01, 2012

Timilsina, Govinda R.

Potential gains and losses of Biofuel production in Argentina: a computable general equilibrium analysis (English)

Argentina is one of the world's largest biodiesel producers and the largest exporter, using soybeans as feedstock. Using a computable general equilibrium model that explicitly represents the biofuel industry, this study carries out several simulations on two sets of issues: (i) international markets for biofuel and feedstock, such as an increase in prices of soybean, soybean oil, and biodiesel, and (ii) domestic policies related to biofuels, such as an introduction of biofuel mandates. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6124 JUL 01, 2012

Chisari, Omar O.; Romero, Carlos A.; Timilsina, Govinda

Economic implications of reducing carbon emissions from energy use and industrial processes in Brazil : Economic implications of reducing carbon emissions from energy use and industrial processes in Brazil (English)

The overall impacts on the Brazilian economy of reducing CO2 emissions from energy use and industrial processes can be assessed using a recursive dynamic general equilibrium model and a hypothetical carbon tax. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6135 JUL 01, 2012

Chen, Y.-H. Henry; Timilsina, Govinda R.

Impacts of large-scale expansion of biofuels on global poverty and income distribution (English)

This paper analyzes the impact of large-scale expansion of biofuels on the global income distribution and poverty. A global computable general equilibrium model is used to simulate the effects of the expansion of biofuels on resource allocation, commodity prices, factor prices and household income. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6078 JUN 01, 2012

Timilsina, Govinda R.; Cororaton, Caesar B.

Demand side instruments to reduce road transportation externalities in the greater cairo metropolitan area : Demand side instruments to reduce road transportation externalities in the greater Cairo metropolitan area (English)

Economically efficient prices for the passenger transportation system in the Greater Cairo Metropolitan Area would account for broader societal costs of traffic congestion and accidents, and local and global pollution. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6083 JUN 01, 2012

Parry, Ian W.H.; Timilsina, Govinda R.

A review of solar energy : markets, economics and policies (English)

Solar energy has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years due to both technological improvements resulting in cost reductions and government policies supportive of renewable energy development and utilization. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5845 OCT 01, 2011

Kurdgelashvili, Lado; Timilsina, Govinda R.; Narbel, Patrick A.

The role of inventory adjustments in quantifying factors causing food price inflation (English)

The food commodity price increases beginning in 2001 and culminating in the food crisis of 2007/08 reflected a combination of several factors, including economic growth, biofuel expansion, exchange rate fluctuations, and energy price inflation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5744 AUG 01, 2011

Zilberman, David; Hochman, Gal; Rajagopal, Deepak; Timilsina, Govinda

Biofuels and climate change mitigation : a CGE analysis incorporating land-use change (English)

The question of whether biofuels help mitigate climate change has attracted much debate in the literature. Using a global computable general equilibrium model that explicitly represents land-use change impacts due to the expansion of biofuels, this study attempts to shed some light on this question. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5672 JUN 01, 2011

Mevel, Simon; Timilsina , Govinda R.

World oil price and biofuels : a general equilibrium analysis (English)

The price of oil could play a significant role in influencing the expansion of biofuels. However, this issue has not been fully investigated yet in the literature. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5673 JUN 01, 2011

Mevel, Simon; Timilsina, Govinda R.; Shrestha, Ashish

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Transaction costs of low-carbon technologies and policies : the diverging literature (English)
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AUG 01, 2013 WPS6565 Policy Research Working Paper
Should Zambia produce biodiesel from soybeans ? some insights from an empirical analysis (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 WPS6498 Policy Research Working Paper
Are biofuels economically competitive with their petroleum counterparts ?production cost analysis for Zambia (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 WPS6499 Policy Research Working Paper
Macroeconomic and distributional impacts of jatropha-based biodiesel in Mali (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 WPS6500 Policy Research Working Paper
How much does an increase in oil prices affect the global economy ? some insights from a general equilibrium analysis (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 WPS6515 Policy Research Working Paper
Climate change in the Himalayas : current state of knowledge (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 WPS6516 Policy Research Working Paper
An economic model of Brazil's ethanol-sugar markets and impacts of fuel policies (English)
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JUN 01, 2013 WPS6524 Policy Research Working Paper
The effect of biodiesel policies on world oilseed markets and developing countries (English)
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MAY 01, 2013 WPS6453 Policy Research Working Paper
Linking power supply to jobs : estimating employment effects of Powerlinks Transmission Limited Project in India and Bhutan (English)
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JAN 01, 2013 81999 Brief
Development of biofuels in China : technologies, economics and policies (English)
See More +
OCT 01, 2012 WPS6243 Policy Research Working Paper
Estimating employment effects of Powerlinks Transmission Limited Project in India and Bhutan (English)
See More +
SEP 01, 2012 81998 Working Paper
Economic implications of moving toward global convergence on emission intensities (English)
See More +
JUL 01, 2012 WPS6115 Policy Research Working Paper
Potential gains and losses of Biofuel production in Argentina: a computable general equilibrium analysis (English)
See More +
JUL 01, 2012 WPS6124 Policy Research Working Paper
Economic implications of reducing carbon emissions from energy use and industrial processes in Brazil : Economic implications of reducing carbon emissions from energy use and industrial processes in Brazil (English)
See More +
JUL 01, 2012 WPS6135 Policy Research Working Paper
Impacts of large-scale expansion of biofuels on global poverty and income distribution (English)
See More +
JUN 01, 2012 WPS6078 Policy Research Working Paper
Demand side instruments to reduce road transportation externalities in the greater cairo metropolitan area : Demand side instruments to reduce road transportation externalities in the greater Cairo metropolitan area (English)
See More +
JUN 01, 2012 WPS6083 Policy Research Working Paper
A review of solar energy : markets, economics and policies (English)
See More +
OCT 01, 2011 WPS5845 Policy Research Working Paper
The role of inventory adjustments in quantifying factors causing food price inflation (English)
See More +
AUG 01, 2011 WPS5744 Policy Research Working Paper
Biofuels and climate change mitigation : a CGE analysis incorporating land-use change (English)
See More +
JUN 01, 2011 WPS5672 Policy Research Working Paper
World oil price and biofuels : a general equilibrium analysis (English)
See More +
JUN 01, 2011 WPS5673 Policy Research Working Paper