Choice experiment study on the willingness to pay to improve electricity services

Abdullah, Sabah and Mariel, Petr (2010) Choice experiment study on the willingness to pay to improve electricity services. Energy Policy, 38 8: 4570-4581. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2010.04.012

Author Abdullah, Sabah
Mariel, Petr
Title Choice experiment study on the willingness to pay to improve electricity services
Journal name Energy Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-4215
Publication date 2010
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.enpol.2010.04.012
Open Access Status
Volume 38
Issue 8
Start page 4570
End page 4581
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Modern forms of energy are an important vehicle towards poverty alleviation in rural areas of developing countries. Most developing countries’ households rely heavily on wood fuel which impacts on their health and socio-economic status. To ease such a dependency, other modern forms of energy, namely electricity, need to be provided. However, the quality of the electricity service, namely reliability, is an important factor in reducing this dependency. This paper discusses a choice experiment valuation study conducted among electrified rural households located in Kisumu, Kenya, in which the willingness to pay (WTP) to avoid power outages or blackouts was estimated. A mixed logit estimation was applied to identify the various socio-economic and demographic characteristics which determine preferences in reducing power outages among a household’s users. In conclusion, several of the socio-economic and demographic characteristics outlined in this paper were identified and can assist service differentiation to accommodate the diverse households’ preferences towards the improvement of the electricity service.
Keyword Power outages
Willingness to pay (WTP)
Random parameter logit
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Biological Sciences Publications
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