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Convergence in Electricity Consumption in India: A State Level Analysis

Surender Kumar ()

Indian Economic Review, 2014, vol. 49, issue 02, 173-192

Abstract: Per capita electricity consumption has been considered as one of the most suitable indicator of economic welfare. We study disparity in this variable among Indian states over the period of 1990-91 to 2011-12. We find that Indian states have been experiencing increasing income; the income disparities have been growing among them over the period of time. In the case of electricity consumption we find presence of σ convergence in 1990s and stagnation thereafter. However the presence of β convergence has been observed for both, income and electricity consumption variables. We also find that poorer states experienced high growth rate of electricity consumption in the 2000s as a result of higher income growth in these states.

Keywords: Convergence; Electricity Consumption; Per Capita Income; State; India (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 O33 Q43 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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