This project investigates how demographic differences affect the way people value clean cookstoves in Ethiopia. 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 solve both these environmental and health problems, as well as provide a sustainable method for cooking and heating in developing countries. Using choice survey data, this study examines Ethiopian households’ valuations of different characteristics of stoves, including durability, fuel reduction, smoke reduction and the amount of time they may save using new technology. It also considers demographic factors that may affect a household's willingness to pay for stoves, in an effort to determine what makes these clean technologies desirable in an Ethiopian context. Results demonstrate that various demographic differences affect the valuation of clean cookstoves, as households with few females and children are willing to pay more for new stoves. The results of this study have implications for global sustainable development initiatives in many parts of the world.
Kooser, Shannon H.
"Clean Cooking: The Value of Clean Cookstoves in Ethiopia,"
Journal of Environmental and Resource Economics at Colby: Vol. 01
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/jerec/vol01/iss01/3