Does Electric Prepaid Meters Decrease Payment Delinquency? Evidence from Data Centric Analysis of Electricity Consumption in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bin Rabbani, Shourav, Ali, Ahsan Amin and Zaber, Moinul, "Does Electric Prepaid Meters Decrease Payment Delinquency? Evidence from Data Centric Analysis of Electricity Consumption in Dhaka, Bangladesh" 2020 IEEE Region 10 Symposium (TENSYMP 2020), Dhaka, 2020/06/05-07.

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    Author Bin Rabbani, Shourav
    Ali, Ahsan Amin
    Zaber, Moinul
    Title Does Electric Prepaid Meters Decrease Payment Delinquency? Evidence from Data Centric Analysis of Electricity Consumption in Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Event Series IEEE Region 10 Symposium (TENSYMP)
    Publication Date 2020-11
    Place of Publication New York
    Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    Pages 1636-1639
    Title of Event 2020 IEEE Region 10 Symposium (TENSYMP 2020)
    Date of Event 2020/06/05-07
    Place of Event Dhaka
    Language eng
    Abstract Prepaid electricity meters are favored by power distribution companies to improve revenue collection, debt prevention and ensure customer satisfaction. In this paper, we investigate changes in bill payments pattern of customers in Dhaka, Bangladesh who had switched from post to pre-payment meters. We collected postpaid bill and prepaid recharge payment data over there years. We specifically look into payment behavior of residential household customers to understand the effect of prepaid meters on payment delinquency. Analysis of postpaid bill indicate that at least 32% households skipped paying one or more bills over a period of one year. Households consuming 100-300 KWH accounts for almost 51% of the total delinquent households. After prepaid switch, approximately 46% of all households are making prepayments every month. 52% of households who skip paying bill and 45% of households who pay bill after due date, at least once, are now recharging every month. Overall the technological intervention shows considerable reduction of retail debts and a behavioral shift towards on time payment.
    Keyword prepaid meter
    payment behavior
    research line technology
    Copyright Holder Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    Copyright Year 2020
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9781728173665
    DOI 10.1109/TENSYMP50017.2020.9230814
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