Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/228052
Authors: 
Karakara, Alhassan A.
Osabuohien, Evans
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
AGDI Working Paper No. WP/20/075
Abstract: 
There are few studies on the determinants of energy consumption of households in Africa, particularly in Ghana. Thus, this study identifies the drivers of households' fuel consumption for domestic purposes and examines two fuel categories ('clean' fuels versus 'dirty' fuels). The study used Demographic and Health Survey data that has a sample of 11,835 households across Ghana. Binary categorical models (binary logistic and binary probit) were used to investigate whether a household uses 'clean fuel' or 'dirty fuel', which are estimated with socio-economic variables and spatial disparity (regional location). The results suggest that households' energy consumption is affected by socio-economic variables and rural households are more deprived than urban households in adopting clean fuels. Also, male-headed households have a higher likelihood than female-headed households to adopt clean fuels. Many households choose clean fuels for lighting than they do for cooking as wealth status improves. However, solid fuels such as charcoal and firewood remain the dominant fuel used for cooking by the majority of households. The use of these dirty fuels could hamper the health status of households because of indoor pollution. The study recommends that policies should be geared towards the provision of clean and better energy sources to households.
Subjects: 
"Clean" fuels
"Dirty" fuels
household fuel adoption
household fuel consumption
Energy usage
Ghana
JEL: 
O13
P28
Q42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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