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Power outages and economic growth in Africa

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  • Andersen, Thomas Barnebeck

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    (Department of Business and Economics)

  • Dalgaard, Carl-Johan

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    (Department of Economics)

Abstract

This paper estimates the total effect of power outages on economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa over the period 1995-2007. Outages are instrumented using a satellite-based measure of lightning density. As suggested by Henderson et al. (2011), we also combine Penn World Tables GDP data with satellite-based data on nightlights to arrive at a more accurate measure of economic growth. Our results suggest that the annual economic growth drag of a weak power infrastructure is about 2 percentage points.

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Paper provided by Department of Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark in its series Discussion Papers of Business and Economics with number 7/2012.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 28 Feb 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sdueko:2012_007

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Keywords: Economic growth; public utilities; electricity; earthlights; Africa;

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  1. 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.
  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. Bahman Kashi, 2014. "Risk Management and the Stated Capital Costs by Independent Power Producers," Development Discussion Papers 2014-03, JDI Executive Programs.

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