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Rural Electrification and Employment in Poor Countries: Evidence from Nicaragua

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  • Louise Grogan

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    (Department of Economics and Finance,University of Guelph)

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This paper shows that rural electrification is associated with big changes in the time use of men and women in Nicaragua, even in the absence of labor-saving appliances. Electricity is shown to increase the propensity of rural Nicaraguan women to work out- side the home by about 23%, but to have no impact on male employment. These findings suggest significant potential benefits to rural electrification that are not generally captured in cost–benefit analyses, such as greater women’s earnings and reduced deforestation.

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Paper provided by University of Guelph, Department of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 1303.

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Length: 38
Date of creation: 2013
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Publication status: published in World Development, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2012.09.002
Handle: RePEc:gue:guelph:2013-03

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Keywords: electric light; time use; employment; labor-saving technology; slope gradient; population density;

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  1. Nicaragua paper of the day (electrification)
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