Presenter Information

Shannon Kooser, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 10:00 AM

Project Type

Poster- Restricted to Campus Access

Description

This project investigates how people value clean cookstoves in Ethiopia, and examines demographic differences that affect the way people value these stoves. Previous research indicates that traditional cooking methods are harmful to human health as well as the environment, as people need to cut down trees or collect other biomass sources for fuel. However, clean stoves can both solve the environmental problems as well as provide a sustainable method for cooking and heating for developing countries. Previous studies have found that adoption of this new technology has been affected by a households wealth and levels of education, as well as community pressure. Using choice survey data, this study examines what characteristics affect a familys willingness to pay for new stoves, including durability, fuel reduction, smoke reduction and the amount of time they may save. It also considers other factors that may affect a households willingness to pay for stoves, including gender composition of the family as well as the number of children in the home, in an effort to determine what makes these clean technologies desirable.

Faculty Sponsor

Sahan Dissanayake

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Economics Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

137

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May 1st, 9:00 AM May 1st, 10:00 AM

Clean Cooking: The Valuation of Stoves in Ethiopia

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

This project investigates how people value clean cookstoves in Ethiopia, and examines demographic differences that affect the way people value these stoves. Previous research indicates that traditional cooking methods are harmful to human health as well as the environment, as people need to cut down trees or collect other biomass sources for fuel. However, clean stoves can both solve the environmental problems as well as provide a sustainable method for cooking and heating for developing countries. Previous studies have found that adoption of this new technology has been affected by a households wealth and levels of education, as well as community pressure. Using choice survey data, this study examines what characteristics affect a familys willingness to pay for new stoves, including durability, fuel reduction, smoke reduction and the amount of time they may save. It also considers other factors that may affect a households willingness to pay for stoves, including gender composition of the family as well as the number of children in the home, in an effort to determine what makes these clean technologies desirable.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/374