Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/61365
Authors: 
Bensch, Gunther
Peters, Jörg
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Ruhr Economic Papers 325
Abstract: 
Today more than 2.7 billion people rely on biomass as their primary cooking fuel, with profound implications for the environment and people's well-being. Wood provision is often time-consuming and the emitted smoke has severe health effects - both burdens that afflict women in particular. The dissemination of Improved Cooking Stoves (ICS) is frequently considered an eff ective remedy for these problems. This paper evaluates the take-up of ICS and their impacts through a randomized controlled trial in rural Senegal. Although distributed for free, the ICS are used by almost 100 % of households. Furthermore, we find substantial effects on firewood consumption, eye infections, and respiratory disease symptoms. These findings substantiate the increasing efforts of the international community to improve access to improved cooking stoves and call for a more direct promotion of these stoves.
Subjects: 
Impact evaluation
randomized controlled trial
respiratory disease symptoms
energy access
JEL: 
C93
D12
O13
Q41
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
ISBN: 
978-3-86788-374-0
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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