Willingness to pay for electricity access in extreme poverty: Evidence from sub-Saharan Africa
Maximiliane Sievert and
World Development, 2020, vol. 128, issue C
Improving electricity access in low-income countries is complicated because of high service costs and low electricity consumption levels in rural areas. This study elucidates this problem by analyzing poor Sub-Saharan African households’ willingness-to-pay for different types of electricity access, including both grid and lower cost off-grid technologies. We show both theoretically and empirically that at low levels of income, low-cost decentralized off-grid solar technologies provide the highest utility from the households’ perspective. We, therefore, recommend concentrating the near-term rural household electrification efforts on these technologies.
Keywords: Electricity access; Extreme poverty; Sub-Saharan Africa; Willingness-to-pay (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O12 O13 O55 Q42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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