The power of institutions: the importance of effective governments for electricity use in developing countries

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PhD seminar - Econ

Electricity is a vital factor underlying modern living standards, but there is relatively little systematic evidence on what contributes to electricity sector development.

This paper finds that institutions are important for increasing electricity use in developing countries. In particular, the effectiveness of institutions is crucial, as opposed to other governance attributes. Other important variables for electricity development include gross domestic product, temperature, proportions of populations in rural areas, and natural resources such as natural gas reserves.

Rohan Best uses a cross-sectional regression approach with national-level data up to 2012 for 135 countries that are classified as low-income or middle-income by the World Bank.

This event is hosted by Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics

Date & time

9.30–11am 19 August 2016


Seminar Room 1, Stanner Building 37, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Rohan Best, PhD Candidate, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School.


 Paul Burke

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