Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/37000
Authors: 
Peters, Jörg
Vance, Colin
Harsdorff, Marek
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Ruhr economic papers 189
Abstract: 
Productive electricity use is widely believed to contribute to positive impacts of electrification projects. This paper investigates these impacts by comparing the performance of micro manufacturing enterprises in grid-covered and non-covered villages in Northern Benin. Using firm-level data, the empirical analysis employs a Propensity Score Matching. While beneficial impacts are found from firm creation after electrification, firms that existed before actually show a non-significantly inferior performance to their matched counterparts from a non-electrified region. Complementary measures that sensitize firms about the implications of a grid connection are recommended as important features of program design.
Subjects: 
Impact evaluation
propensity score matching
productive electricity use
JEL: 
C21
O14
O22
L69
ISBN: 
978-3-86788-213-2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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