The Welfare Impact of Rural Electrification: A Reassessment of the Costs and Benefits

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This report reviews recent methodological advances made in measuring the benefits of rural electrification (RE) and commends them. It also notes that the understanding of the techniques shown in project documents is sometimes weak, and quality control for the economic analysis in project documents lacking. This study shows that willingness to pay (WTP) for electricity is high, exceeding the long-run marginal cost of supply.



 



"This report reviews recent methodological advances made in measuring the benefits of rural electrification (RE) and commends them. It also notes that the understanding of the techniques shown in project documents is sometimes weak, and quality control for the economic analysis in project documents lacking. This study shows that willingness to pay (WTP) for electricity is high, exceeding the long-run marginal cost of supply. "


References

  1.  "The Welfare Impact of Rural Electrification: A Reassessment of the Costs and Benefits"