Rural Electrification and Employment in Poor Countries: Evidence from Nicaragua
AbstractThis 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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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Guelph, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1303.
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Publication status: published in World Development, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2012.09.002
electric light; time use; employment; labor-saving technology; slope gradient; population density;
Other versions of this item:
- Grogan, Louise & Sadanand, Asha, 2013. "Rural Electrification and Employment in Poor Countries: Evidence from Nicaragua," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 252-265.
- H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods
- I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare and Poverty
- O1 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
- O3 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2013-04-06 (All new papers)
- NEP-DEV-2013-04-06 (Development)
- NEP-ENE-2013-04-06 (Energy Economics)
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