A Generic Model for Analyzing Nexus Issues of Households’ Bioenergy Use

45 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2016

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Utkur Djanibekov

Institute for Food and Resource Economics

Robert Finger

ETH Zurich

Dawit Diriba Guta

University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Varun Gaur

University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Alisher Mirzabaev

University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Date Written: January 2016

Abstract

Bioenergy is a major source of energy in developing countries. However, increasing demand for agricultural commodities can lead to a stronger competition for natural resources with the bioenergy production. The nexus among energy, food production and natural resource use may result in trade-offs and synergies. Accordingly, it is important to consider multidimensional aspects of bioenergy, assess the potential for bioenergy options for meeting rural households’ demand for energy, while increasing their incomes, enhancing food security and reducing potential negative effects. For addressing these interrelated issues within a single framework, we develop a generic household model that allows analyzing the ex-ante potential impacts of bioenergy use on rural households in developing countries. The model relies on dynamic programming approach and is able to evaluate the impacts of bioenergy on livelihoods of households, on environment, and on natural resource use over time. The model explicitly considers decision making among various members of household, including men, women and children. We also trace direct and spillover impacts of policy and technological changes among different socio-economic categories of households.

Keywords: Dynamic programming, equity, gender, technological innovations, environment, trade-offs, spillovers, synergies

JEL Classification: C61, D63, O13, O33, Q4, Q12

Suggested Citation

Djanibekov, Utkur and Finger, Robert and Guta, Dawit Diriba and Gaur, Varun and Mirzabaev, Alisher, A Generic Model for Analyzing Nexus Issues of Households’ Bioenergy Use (January 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2723999 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2723999

Utkur Djanibekov (Contact Author)

Institute for Food and Resource Economics ( email )

D-53113 Bonn
Germany

Robert Finger

ETH Zurich ( email )

Rämistrasse 101
ZUE F7
Zürich, 8092
Switzerland

Dawit Diriba Guta

University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF) ( email )

Walter-Flex-Str. 3
Bonn, NRW 53113
Germany

Varun Gaur

University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF) ( email )

Walter-Flex-Str. 3
Bonn, NRW 53113
Germany

Alisher Mirzabaev

University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF) ( email )

Walter-Flex-Str. 3
Bonn, NRW 53113
Germany

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