Beer, Wood, and Welfare

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Michael Grimm

Erasmus University Rotterdam; University of Passau; IZA; DIW Berlin

Jörg Peters

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

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Date Written: January 17, 2015

Abstract

Local beer breweries in Burkina Faso absorb a considerable amount of urban woodfuel demand. We assess the woodfuel savings caused by the adoption of improved brewing stoves by these micro-breweries and estimate the implied welfare effects through the woodfuel market on private households as well as the environmental effect. We find substantial wood savings among the breweries and, subsequently, huge welfare gains for households and reductions in CO2-emissions. Since woodfuel is predominantly used for cooking by the poorer strata, the intervention under study is an example for a green growth intervention with pro-poor welfare gains – something green growth strategies should look for.

Keywords: Burkina Faso; demand for woodfuel; green growth; impact evaluation; improved stoves; technology adoption

JEL Classification: D2, D6, I3, O3

Suggested Citation

Grimm, Michael and Peters, Jörg, Beer, Wood, and Welfare (January 17, 2015). Ruhr Economic Paper No. 538. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2579735 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2579735

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