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Household electrification and indoor air pollution

Manuel Barron () and Maximo Torero ()

Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2017, vol. 86, issue C, 81-92

Abstract: This paper provides the first experimental evidence that household electrification leads to substantial reductions in indoor air pollution. Two years after electricity rollout, we measured overnight fine particulate matter (PM2.5) concentration, which was on average 66% lower among households that were randomly encouraged to connect to the electrical grid compared to those that were not. As a result, prevalence of acute respiratory infections among children under six was 8-14 percentage points lower in the former group. We find suggestive evidence that these changes are at least partly driven by reductions in kerosene use.

Keywords: Household electrification; Indoor air pollution; Fine particulate matter; Health (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q53 Q56 I15 I18 O13 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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