Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/45320
Authors: 
Bensch, Gunther
Kluve, Jochen
Peters, Jörg
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Ruhr economic papers 231
Abstract: 
Rural electrification is believed to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) via various channels. In this paper, we investigate the impacts of electrification on the household's lighting usage, home studying, energy expenditures and income. We use household data that we collected in rural Rwanda in villages with and without access to mini-grids. To account for self-selection processes in the connection decision we use households from the electrified villages to estimate the probability to connect for all households - including those in the non-electrified villages. Based on these propensity scores we identify counterfactual households to determine the impacts of electrification on the outcome indicators. We find some indication for positive effects on home studying and income, but particularly on lighting usage. We conclude by highlighting the potentially profound changes in social life of rural people induced by improved lighting and call for research on impacts beyond the MDGs.
Subjects: 
rural electrification
ex-ante impact assessment
poverty
matching
JEL: 
O12
O13
O18
O22
ISBN: 
978-3-86788-264-4
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
273.74 kB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.