Time Use Impacts of Rural Electrification: Longitudinal Evidence from Guatemala

57 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2016 Last revised: 28 Mar 2018

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Louise Grogan

University of Guelph - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Global Labor Organization (GLO); University of Central Asia (UCA)

Date Written: March 22, 2018


This paper examines how obtaining a household electric connection affects the time allocation of rural, indigenous Guatemalans during 2000-2011. Following the end of a thirty-six year civil war, a Rural Electrification Plan substantially expanded electricity access, and subsidized use. This public-private partnership pays companies a fixed fee for connecting households. Causal impacts on time use of individuals are identified using initial geospatial inequalities in public goods provisions within municipalities and this large change in the cost of electrifying households more distant from the electric grid. Women increased time spent working for money by about 2-3 hours per day.

Keywords: rural electrification, time use, United Fruit Company, public-private partnership, program evaluation, indigenous peoples

JEL Classification: H41, I2, O12, O5, R11

Suggested Citation

Grogan, Louise A., Time Use Impacts of Rural Electrification: Longitudinal Evidence from Guatemala (March 22, 2018). Journal of Development Economics, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2717483 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2717483

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