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An Econometric Approach to Analysis of Trends and Patterns of Household Fuel Choices in India

V. Ashita Swarup and K. Ramachandra Rao
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V. Ashita Swarup: Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, India
K. Ramachandra Rao: University of Hyderabad, India

Indian Economic Review, 2015, vol. 50, issue 1, 105-129

Abstract: Studies on fuel choices in India have been confined to looking a broad general picture of household fuel usage and refer to stacking of fuels. However the studies do not cover the number of fuels used, nor do they take into account the differences in fuel choices across the states of India. Using data from NSS household expenditure surveys, the paper defines stacking in terms of the concurrent use of fuel types and builds a conditional logit model to analyse the trends in stacking behaviour of households. The findings suggest that households do shift to superior fuels but do not abandon the inferior fuels altogether. The study discusses the factors affecting the odds ratio for switching to modern fuels.

Keywords: Energy Ladder; Stacking; Conditional Logit Model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O10 O50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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