publication . Article . Other literature type . 2018

Economics of household technology adoption in developing countries : evidence from solar technology adoption in rural India

Michaël Aklin; Patrick Bayer; S.P. Harish; Johannes Urpelainen;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 May 2018
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Innovation is one of the most important drivers of economic development. Even in developing countries, households have access to a wide array of new technologies. However, factors affecting households’ technology adoption decisions remain poorly understood. Using data on solar microgrid adoption from rural India, we investigate the determinants of household technology adoption. We offer all households identical solar products to avoid bias from product differentiation. Households pay a monthly fee for technology use, allowing us to abstract away from credit constraints as a barrier to adoption. The results show that household expenditures and savings as well as ...
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ACM Computing Classification System: InformationSystems_MISCELLANEOUSComputingMethodologies_MISCELLANEOUS
free text keywords: J, General Energy, Economics and Econometrics, Risk acceptance, Solar technology, Entrepreneurial spirit, Product differentiation, Public economics, Sustainable development, Rural india, Emerging technologies, Developing country
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