Access to Modern Fuels and Satisfaction with Cooking Arrangements: Survey Evidence from Rural India

Energy for Sustainable Development, Forthcoming

87 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2017  

Sandra Baquié

Columbia University

Johannes Urpelainen

Columbia University

Date Written: March 12, 2017

Abstract

Subjective satisfaction is a central element of technology adoption, but scholars have not analyzed the determinants of households’ satisfaction with their cooking arrangements. Drawing on an original survey of 8,568 households across six Indian states, we uncover the predictors of such satisfaction. Households do not find firewood collection inconvenient, but they are dissatisfied if they have to travel long distance to purchase firewood. Among sub-components of subjective satisfaction, reduction in smoke, speed of cooking, and quality of meals dominate over others (difficulty, cost, and safety). Moreover, we identify access to LPG – a modern cooking fuel – as a strong and robust predictor of high subjective satisfaction, mostly through reduction in smoke and increase in speed of cooking. Rural households ascribe a lot of value to access modern cooking fuels that reduce indoor air pollution, and beneficiaries of interventions to improve such access would value it. Thus, efforts to reduce reliance on cooking with traditional biomass are not just paternalistic top-down interventions but contribute to significantly improve households’ satisfaction with their cooking arrangements.

Keywords: Energy Poverty, Energy Access, Cooking Fuels, Survey Research, India

Suggested Citation

Baquié, Sandra and Urpelainen, Johannes, Access to Modern Fuels and Satisfaction with Cooking Arrangements: Survey Evidence from Rural India (March 12, 2017). Energy for Sustainable Development, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2931705

Sandra Baquié

Columbia University ( email )

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New York, NY 10027
United States

Johannes Urpelainen (Contact Author)

Columbia University ( email )

3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.columbia.edu/~ju2178

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