Evaluating Rural Electrification Projects - Methodological Approaches

29 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2009

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Jörg Peters

RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research; University of Passau - Business Administration and Economics

Date Written: September 1, 2009

Abstract

In recent years, the international community has expanded efforts in programme evaluation to improve the accountability of development projects. This paper presents approaches to implementing state-of-the-art evaluations in rural electrification projects, taking into account specific challenges that researchers face in such interventions. Furthermore, it suggests a particular approach to assess impacts before an intervention is implemented by surveying the yet non-electrified target region of the project and, in addition, an already electrified region. Besides delivering robust evidence on impacts, results from such ex-ante evaluations provide insights for the project design, thereby reducing the gap between evaluation researchers and practitioners.

Keywords: Impact evaluation, ex-ante impact assessment, electricity access, rural development

JEL Classification: O12, O22, C31, C81

Suggested Citation

Peters, Jörg, Evaluating Rural Electrification Projects - Methodological Approaches (September 1, 2009). Ruhr Economic Paper No. 136. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1493185 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1493185

Jörg Peters (Contact Author)

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University of Passau - Business Administration and Economics ( email )

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Passau, D-94030
Germany

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