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Intra-Household Externalities and Low Demand for a New Technology: Experimental Evidence of Improved Cookstoves

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2012
Intra-Household Externalities and Low Demand for a New Technology: Experimental Evidence of Improved Cookstoves

Grant Miller and A. Mushfiq Mobarak examine some of the reasons for low adoption rates of clean cookstoves in a randomized control trial in Bangladesh. They find that women, who are primarily responsible for cooking, and bear most of the health impacts of traditional stoves, have a strong preference for cleaner, improved cookstoves. However, they lack the ability to make purchases in traditional societies, and male members of the household do not fully appreciate the benefits of this new technology.

Tags:  Bangladesh  Cookstoves  environmental impact  sector publication 

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Up in Smoke: The Influence of Household Behavior on the Long-Run Impact of Improved Cooking Stoves

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Thursday, July 12, 2012
Up in Smoke: The Influence of Household Behavior on the Long-Run Impact of Improved Cooking Stoves

In a 4 year study, researchers Esther Duflo, Rema Hanna and Michael Greenstone, find that while the health impacts of inexpensive improved cookstoves are positive in the short term, they are limited in the long run. Stoves often break down, are infrequently or inappropriately used, and do not offer significant fuel savings for households. They find that while these stoves offer considerable benefits in controlled laboratory environments, in real world conditions, the impacts are relatively limited because of the lack of use.

Tags:  Cookstoves  environmental impact  sector publication 

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