electric utilities

Why are Connection Charges so High? An Analysis of the Electricity Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa

This study develops and structurally estimates a model of household and electric utility behavior to describe how the low access rates and high connection charges that are common in the Sub-Saharan Africa region arise from regulated electricity …

Efficiency and Equity Effects of Electricity Metering

Many households lack meters to measure their electricity or water consumption. I show that provision of electricity meters leads to a large reduction in electricity consumption over the first four months following meter installation. This is …

Infrastructure Quality and the Subsidy Trap

Electricity and water are often subsidized in developing countries to increase their affordability for low-income households. Ideally, such subsidies would create sufficient demand in poor neighborhoods to encourage private investment in their …