Ford Seminar

JOIN VIRTUALLY! Leaping or Creeping Up the Energy Ladder?

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Leaping or Creeping Up the Energy Ladder? Evidence on Take-up and Impacts of Rural Electrification from Fifteen Years of Longitudinal Data on Households in South Africa
Ford Seminar with Taryn Dinkelman
Associate Professor of Economics, Kellogg Faculty Fellow

Almost half of the world’s population that does not have access to modern energy – specifically, electricity – lives in Africa. In the coming decades, planned expansions in access to electricity for households and businesses across the continent will have implications for poverty reduction and for greenhouse gas emissions. This talk provides an overview of ongoing research on the energy transition in rural Africa, in which I follow the dynamics of diffusion of access to and productive use of modern energy sources in communities newly connected to the electricity grid.

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The Ford Program Research Seminar Series meets monthly, providing faculty members doing research supported by or related to the Ford Program's mission the chance to share their work, whether in early, middle or late stages of development. It is an opportunity for colleagues to come together in a friendly atmosphere to offer constructive feedback and perhaps come away with some new ideas for our own human development/human dignity-related research. The Seminar hopes to build intellectual community around the Ford Program's mission of conducting research that promises to deepen our understanding of human dignity and enhance the effectiveness of efforts to promote integral human development.