Household electricity access, availability and human well-being: evidence from India

Ahmad, Sohail, Mathai, Manu V. and Parayil, Govindan, (2014). Household electricity access, availability and human well-being: evidence from India. Energy Policy, 69 308-315

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    Author Ahmad, Sohail
    Mathai, Manu V.
    Parayil, Govindan
    Title Household electricity access, availability and human well-being: evidence from India
    Appearing in Energy Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
    Volume 69
    Publication Date 2014-06
    Place of Publication Amsterdam
    Publisher Elsevier
    Start page 308
    End page 315
    Abstract

    According to the 2011 Census of India, over 31% of India׳s 1.2 billion people lived in nearly 8000 towns and cities; the remaining 830 million people lived in over 638,000 villages. About 55% of rural households and 93% of urban households had access to electricity. The 2005 Indian Human Development Survey showed that on average, electricity availability (hours of supply per day) in rural and urban households were 14 and 19 h, respectively ( Desai et al., 2007). Using nationally representative data from Indian Human Development Survey, this study estimated the impact of electricity access and availability on two attributes of human well-being, viz. education and health attainment. It found a significant positive relationship between electricity availability and well-being in rural and urban households. Electricity accessibility, revealed a significant positive relationship only for rural households. The paper concludes with implications for electricity policy and infrastructure choices.

    Keyword Electricity access
    Electricity availability
    Human well-being
    Copyright Holder Elsevier
    Copyright Year 2014
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 0301-4215
    DOI 10.1016/j.enpol.2014.02.004
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