Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89703
Authors: 
Chakravorty, Ujjayant
Pelli, Martino
Ural Marchand, Beyza
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4457
Abstract: 
This paper estimates the returns to household income due to improved access to electricity in rural India. We examine the effect of connecting a household to the grid and the quality of electricity, defined as hours of daily supply. The analysis is based on two rounds of a representative panel of more than 10,000 households. We use the district-level density of transmission cables as instrument for the electrification status of the household. We find that a grid connection increases non-agricultural incomes of rural households by about 9 percent during the study period (1994-2005). However, a grid connection and a higher quality of electricity (in terms of fewer outages and more hours per day) increases non-agricultural incomes by about 28.6 percent in the same period.
Subjects: 
electricity supply
quality
India
energy and development
infrastructure
JEL: 
O12
O18
Q48
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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