Household Energy Consumption and Its Determinants in Timor-Leste

Asian Development Review, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 167–197, 2017

31 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2017

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Dil Bahadur Rahut

International Maize And Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

Khondoker Abdul Mottaleb

International Maize And Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

Akhter Ali

CIMMYT Kenya

Date Written: March 7, 2017

Abstract

Using data from the 2007 Timor-Leste Living Standards Survey, this paper examines the determinants of household energy choices in Timor-Leste. The majority of households are dependent on dirty fuels such as fuelwood and kerosene for energy. Only a small fraction of households use clean energy such as electricity. Econometric results show that wealthy households, urban households, and those headed by individuals with higher levels of education are less likely to use and depend on kerosene and more likely to use and depend on electricity. While female-headed households are generally more likely to use and depend on fuelwood, richer female-headed households are more likely to use and depend on electricity. Our findings highlight the importance of ensuring an adequate supply of clean energy for all at affordable prices and of investing in education to raise awareness about the adverse impacts of using dirty fuels.

Keywords: Education, Energy, Fuelwood, Household, Income, Timor-Leste

JEL Classification: D12, I25, I31, Q42

Suggested Citation

Rahut, Dil Bahadur and Mottaleb, Khondoker Abdul and Ali, Akhter, Household Energy Consumption and Its Determinants in Timor-Leste (March 7, 2017). Asian Development Review, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 167–197, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2930541

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Khondoker Abdul Mottaleb

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Mexico

Akhter Ali

CIMMYT Kenya ( email )

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