A Recipe for Success? Randomized Free Distribution of Improved Cooking Stoves in Senegal

40 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2012

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Gunther Bensch

RWI Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

Jörg Peters

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

Date Written: March 1, 2012

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 effective 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.

Keywords: impact evaluation, randomized controlled trial, respiratory disease symptoms, energy access

JEL Classification: C93, D12, O13, Q41, Q56

Suggested Citation

Bensch, Gunther and Peters, Jörg, A Recipe for Success? Randomized Free Distribution of Improved Cooking Stoves in Senegal (March 1, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2030746 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2030746

Gunther Bensch

RWI Leibniz Institute for Economic Research ( email )

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Jörg Peters (Contact Author)

RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research ( email )

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University of Passau - Business Administration and Economics ( email )

Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultaet
Passau, D-94030
Germany

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