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Project Citation: 

Berkouwer, Susanna B., and Dean, Joshua T. . Data and Code for: Credit, attention, and externalities in the adoption of energy efficient technologies by low-income household. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2022. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2022-09-23.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary We study an energy efficient charcoal cookstove in an experiment with 1,000 households in Nairobi. We estimate a 39% reduction in charcoal spending, which matches engineering estimates, generating a 295% annual return. Despite fuel savings of $237 over the stove’s two-year lifespan—and $295 in emissions reductions—households are only willing to pay $12. Drawing attention to energy savings does not increase demand. However, a loan more than doubles WTP: credit constraints prevent adoption of privately optimal technologies. Energy efficient technologies could drive sustainable development by slowing greenhouse emissions while saving households money.

Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms Behavioral economics; Environmental economics; Development economics; Cookstoves; BDM; Credit; Attention; Randomized controlled trial; Field experiment
JEL Classification:  View help for JEL Classification
      D90 Micro-Based Behavioral Economics: General
      O10 Economic Development: General
      Q00 Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics: General
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage Nairobi, Kenya
Time Period(s):  View help for Time Period(s) 3/1/2019 – 12/31/2020
Collection Date(s):  View help for Collection Date(s) 3/1/2019 – 12/31/2020
Universe:  View help for Universe Low-income charcoal stove users in Nairobi, Kenya
Data Type(s):  View help for Data Type(s) experimental data; survey data
Collection Notes:  View help for Collection Notes All surveys were administered with adults residing in Nairobi, Kenya at their homes or workplaces.

Visit 1 surveys took place between April 17 and May 14, 2019. 

Visit 2 surveys took place between May 17 and July 1, 2019. 

Visit 3 surveys took place between June 17 and July 26, 2019. 

The long-term endline survey took place between June 15 and July 2, 2020. 

SMS data was collected between April 24 and July 31, 2019 and again between June 24 and October 4, 2020.


Collection Mode(s):  View help for Collection Mode(s) computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI); face-to-face interview; other; telephone interview
Unit(s) of Observation:  View help for Unit(s) of Observation Individuals

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