Monday, Oct 6
Elisha Renne (Michigan)
This paper establishes that new access to public infrastructure affects both home production technologies and market employment in a developing country. I identify these effects by exploiting variation in electricity project placement and timing from South Africa's mass roll-out of rural household electricity. I estimate district fixed-effects models of employment growth and fuel-use and instrument for project placement using land gradient. Within five years, treated areas substitute sharply towards electricity in home production and IV employment. Results are asymmetric by gender: female employment increases by a significant 13.5 percentage points, while there are no significant male effects.
Country of focus: South Africa.