A Global Analysis of Progress in Household Electrification

Energy Policy, Forthcoming

17 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2018  

Michaël Aklin

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Political Science

Harish S.P.

College of William & Mary

Johannes Urpelainen

Johns Hopkins SAIS

Date Written: July 26, 2018

Abstract

Universal electricity access is an important element of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and global efforts to monitor progress in electrification have recently escalated. To inform these efforts, we describe a new database of total, rural, and urban electrification rates across the world. Using transparent coding criteria and decades of data, going back to 1960 for many countries, from nationally representative surveys and official reports from 124 non-OECD countries, we uncover evidence for rapid progress in household electrification relative to earlier estimates. Our comprehensive and freely available database offers a solid baseline for tracking progress in household electrification across the world. We confirm a robust association between per capita income and household electrification and identify population density and urbanization as additional key drivers.

Keywords: Electrification, Energy Poverty, Rural Electrification, Urban Electrification, Energy Access

JEL Classification: N70, O18, Q4

Suggested Citation

Aklin, Michaël and S.P., Harish and Urpelainen, Johannes, A Global Analysis of Progress in Household Electrification (July 26, 2018). Energy Policy, Forthcoming . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3220460

Michaël Aklin (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Political Science ( email )

4L01 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

Harish S.P.

College of William & Mary ( email )

Government Dept, College of William & Mary
Post Office Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23186
United States

Johannes Urpelainen

Johns Hopkins SAIS ( email )

1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1984
United States

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