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Power outages and economic growth in Africa

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  • Andersen, Thomas Barnebeck
  • Dalgaard, Carl-Johan

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This paper estimates the total effect of power outages on economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa over the period 1995–2007. We pay close attention both to potential errors of measurement of African economic growth and to the endogeneity of outages. As suggested by Henderson et al. (American Economic Review 102(2): 994–1028, 2012), we combine Penn World Tables GDP data with satellite-based data on nightlights to arrive at a more accurate measure of economic growth. Following Andersen et al. (Review of Economics and Statistics 94(4): 903–924, 2012), we also employ lightning density as an instrument for power outages. Our results suggest a substantial growth drag of a weak power infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Energy Economics.

Volume (Year): 38 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 19-23

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Handle: RePEc:eee:eneeco:v:38:y:2013:i:c:p:19-23

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Keywords: Economic growth; Public utilities; Electricity; Earthlights; Africa;

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  1. Bahman Kashi, 2014. "Risk Management and the Stated Capital Costs by Independent Power Producers," Development Discussion Papers 2014-03, JDI Executive Programs.
  2. Andersen, Thomas Barnebeck & Jensen, Peter Sandholt, 2013. "Is Africa's recent growth sustainable?," Discussion Papers of Business and Economics 8/2013, Department of Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark.
  3. Agenor, Pierre-Richard & Dinh, Hinh T., 2013. "Public policy and industrial transformation in the process of development," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6405, The World Bank.
  4. Agenor, Pierre-Richard & Dinh, Hinh, 2013. "From Imitation to Innovation: Public Policy for Industrial Transformation," World Bank - Economic Premise, The World Bank, issue 115, pages 1-8, May.

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