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Household Energy Access and Expenditure in Developing Countries: Evidence from India, 1987-2010


Meir Alkon


Princeton University - Department of Political Science

Harish SP


New York University (NYU)

Johannes Urpelainen


Columbia University

August 15, 2016

Energy for Sustainable Development, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
Although most studies of energy poverty focus on whether or not households have access to modern fuels, expenditure is also an important issue, as households in developing countries spend a significant proportion of their total expenditures on energy. Using nationally representative household data from India, 1987-2010, this article describes and explains trends in household energy expenditure. While monthly household spending on energy has increased in many Indian states, this change is not driven by increased household affluence. Statistical analysis shows that when modern fuels (LPG for cooking, electricity for lighting and appliances) are available, households are willing and able to spend on energy. Indian households that have seen improved access to LPG and electricity have also seen much higher energy expenditures, whereas increased household incomes do not explain greater spending on household energy. For policymakers, the key lesson is that programs to improve access to modern fuels allow both wealthy and poor households to spend money on valuable energy services.

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Keywords: energy access, energy poverty, sustainable development, India, survey analysis


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Date posted: August 17, 2016  

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Alkon, Meir and SP, Harish and Urpelainen, Johannes, Household Energy Access and Expenditure in Developing Countries: Evidence from India, 1987-2010 (August 15, 2016). Energy for Sustainable Development, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2823740

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Meir Alkon
Princeton University - Department of Political Science ( email )
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Princeton, NJ 08544-1013
United States
Harish SP
New York University (NYU) ( email )
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Johannes Urpelainen (Contact Author)
Columbia University ( email )
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New York, NY 10027
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