The uneven expansion of electricity in India: Summary
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The uneven expansion of electricity supply in India
Their paper is coauthored with Steven Zech (Monash University), Ganesh Hegde (IIT Bombay), Dharmalingam Arunachalam (Monash University) and Anand B. Rao (IIT Bombay). It has recently been published in Energy Research & Social Science.
This paper is the first in a series of investigations into access to public goods in India. It concerns access to electricity. The authors use data from CPHS in conjunction with electoral data to try and explain patterns of access to electricity.
The primary variable of interest from CPHS is POWER_AVAILABILITY_IN_HOURS_PER_DAY, which measures the number of hours in a day for which electricity is available in the household.
The authors postulate three hypotheses that could explain changes to electricity access over time:
The authors find very strong evidence for the Maximin hypothesis as well as reasonably strong evidence to support the Incrementalism hypothesis. They find very little evidence in support of the Clientelism hypothesis.
The authors are keen to expand on their work in two directions: