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

Ahmad, S. , Mathai, M. V. and Parayil, G. (2014) Household electricity access, availability and human well-being: Evidence from India. Energy Policy, 69, pp. 308-315. (doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2014.02.004)

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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.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ahmad, Dr Sohail
Authors: Ahmad, S., Mathai, M. V., and Parayil, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Energy Policy
Published Online:05 March 2014

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