What are we measuring? An empirical analysis of household electricity access metrics in rural Bangladesh

Groh, S., Pachauri, S. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8138-3178, & Rao, N. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1888-5292 (2016). What are we measuring? An empirical analysis of household electricity access metrics in rural Bangladesh. Energy for Sustainable Development 30 21-31. 10.1016/j.esd.2015.10.007.

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Measuring energy access through binary indicators is insufficient, and in some cases even misleading. In this work, we critically evaluate the World Bank's multi-tier framework (MTF) to measure household electricity access using a household survey in rural Bangladesh. We argue that the MTF addresses multiple objectives, thereby offering less value as a single composite index than as a set of dimensions along which to evaluate different aspects of electricity access. We test the robustness of the framework to alternative specifications as regards the choice of attributes and tier thresholds. The study shows that access measurement is highy sensitive to changes in parameter values, the application of different algorithms, and data availability. We also discuss the wider implications of applying the framework to current electricity access intervention programs in Bangladesh, provide feedback on the TF's design, as well as suggest potential improvements for its application in the future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: energy poverty; Bangladesh; energy access; electrification; multi-tier framework
Research Programs: Energy (ENE)
Bibliographic Reference: Energy for Sustainable Development; 30:21-31 [February 2016] (Published online 28 November 2015)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:54
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:25
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/11718

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