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Improved Cooking Stoves that End up in Smoke?

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  • Michael Grimm
  • Jörg Peters

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More than 2.7 billion people in developing countries rely on biomass for cooking with profound implications for their well-being. Two million people die every year due to cooking related smoke emissions – more than are killed by malaria. In recent years, an international movement has gained momentum on the level of the United Nations that intends to combat this plight by the dissemination of improved cooking stoves. A recent study conducted by Hanna, Duflo and Greenstone based on a field experiment in India has attracted much attention, also in the popular press. It does not confirm the optimistic results on the impacts of improved cooking stoves that hitherto can be found in the literature.[...]

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Article provided by Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung in its journal RWI Positionen.

Volume (Year): (2012)
Issue (Month): (09)
Pages: 09

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Keywords: cooking stoves; biomass; smoke emissions;

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  1. Gunther Bensch & Jörg Peters, 2011. "Combating Deforestation? – Impacts of Improved Stove Dissemination on Charcoal Consumption in Urban Senegal," Ruhr Economic Papers, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen 0306, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.
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