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Up in Smoke: The Influence of Household Behavior on the Long-Run Impact of Improved Cooking Stoves

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  • Rema Hanna
  • Esther Duflo
  • Michael Greenstone

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It is conventional wisdom that it is possible to reduce exposure to indoor air pollution, improve health outcomes, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions in the rural areas of developing countries through the adoption of improved cooking stoves. This belief is largely supported by observational field studies and engineering or laboratory experiments. However, a new evidence is provided, from a randomized control trial conducted in rural Orissa, India (one of the poorest places in India), on the benefits of a commonly used improved stove that laboratory tests showed to reduce indoor air pollution and require less fuel. Households are tracked for up to four years after they received the stove. [BREAD Working Paper No. 338]. URL:[http://ipl.econ.duke.edu/bread/papers/working/338.pdf].

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  • Rema Hanna & Esther Duflo & Michael Greenstone, 2012. "Up in Smoke: The Influence of Household Behavior on the Long-Run Impact of Improved Cooking Stoves," Working Papers id:4962, eSocialSciences.
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    Keywords

    indoor air pollution; human health; climate change; technology adoption; India; Orissa; cooking stoves; greenhouse gas emissions; rural areas; fuel; investments; fuel; World Bank; cooks;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming
    • Q55 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Technological Innovation

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