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The Dynamics of Electric Cookstove Adoption: Panel Data Evidence from Ethiopia
Yonas Alem, Sied Hassen, Gunnar Kohlin
RFF Discussion Paper EfD 13-03 | January 2013
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Abstract
Previous studies on improved cookstove adoption in developing countries use cross-sectional data, which makes it difficult to control for unobserved heterogeneity and investigate what happens to adoption over time. We use robust non-linear panel data and hazard models on three rounds of panel data from urban Ethiopia to investigate the determinants and dynamics of electric cookstove adoption. We find the price of electricity and firewood, and access to credit as major determinants of adoption and transition. Our findings have important implications for policies aiming at promotion of energy transition and reduction of the pressure on forest resources in developing countries.
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