EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Why do households forego high returns from technology adoption? Evidence from improved cooking stoves in Burkina Faso

Gunther Bensch, Michael Grimm and Jörg Peters ()

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2015, vol. 116, issue C, 187-205

Abstract: Around 3 billion people in developing countries rely on woodfuels for their daily cooking needs with profound negative implications for their workload, health, and budget as well as the environment. Improved cooking stove (ICS) technologies appear to be an obvious solution in many cases. Indeed we find that users of a very simple ICS in urban Burkina Faso need between 20 and 30 percent less firewood compared to traditional stoves, making the investment highly profitable. In spite of these high returns and great efforts made by the international community to disseminate ICSs, take-up rates are – similar to many other high-return innovations – strikingly low; in our case a mere 10 percent. When exploring adoption decisions of households, we find suggestive evidence that a major deterrent to adoption is the upfront investment costs. They seem to be much more important than access to information, taste preferences, or the woman's role in the household. These findings suggest that perhaps more direct promotion strategies such as subsidies would help households to overcome liquidity constraints, and would hence improve adoption rates.

Keywords: Household technology adoption; Liquidity constraints; Weak beliefs; Traditions; Energy access; Sub-Saharan Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D01 D12 D80 O33 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations View citations in EconPapers (7) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016726811500133X
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:116:y:2015:i:c:p:187-205

Access Statistics for this article

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization is currently edited by Neilson, William Stuart

More articles in Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization from Elsevier
Series data maintained by Dana Niculescu ().

 
Page updated 2017-11-20
Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:116:y:2015:i:c:p:187-205