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Title:Rural electrification and manufacturing firm performance in Benin: An ex-ante impact assessment PDF Logo
Authors:Peters, Jörg
Vance, Colin
Harsdorff, Marek
Issue Date: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
Appears in Collections:Ruhr Economic Papers, RWI
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