Electricity is Not a Right

26 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2019

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Robin Burgess

London School of Economics (LSE) - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Michael Greenstone

University of Chicago - Department of Economics; Becker Friedman Institute for Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Nicholas Ryan

Yale University

Anant Sudarshan

Stanford University

Date Written: September 2019

Abstract

Electricity courses through our lives. Yet, there are still more than a billion people worldwide who are not connected to the grid, and many more get abysmal supply, unlike the 24/7/365 flow that rich countries take for granted. We argue that these shortfalls are due to a sad irony: treating electricity as a right for the poor has limited electricity access.

Suggested Citation

Burgess, Robin and Greenstone, Michael and Ryan, Nicholas and Sudarshan, Anant, Electricity is Not a Right (September 2019). University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2019-112. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3450596 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3450596

Robin Burgess

London School of Economics (LSE) - Department of Economics ( email )

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London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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United Kingdom

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Michael Greenstone (Contact Author)

University of Chicago - Department of Economics

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Chicago, IL 60637
United States

Becker Friedman Institute for Economics ( email )

Chicago, IL 60637
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Nicholas Ryan

Yale University ( email )

Anant Sudarshan

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

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