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Beer, Wood, and Welfare

Michael Grimm and Jörg Peters ()

No 8719, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Local beer breweries in Burkina Faso absorb a considerable amount of urban woodfuel demand. We assess the woodfuel savings caused by the adoption of improved brewing stoves by these, mostly female owned, small enterprises and estimate the implied welfare effects through the woodfuel market on private households. We find substantial wood savings among the breweries and, subsequently, huge welfare gains for households. Since woodfuel is predominantly used for cooking by the poorer strata, the intervention under study is an example for a green growth intervention with pro-poor welfare gains – something green growth strategies should look for.

Keywords: green growth; improved stoves; technology adoption; demand for woodfuel; impact evaluation; female employment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D2 D6 I3 O3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2014-12
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Published in: PLoS ONE, 2015, 10(8): e0132603, [Open Access]

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