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2012-11-10 | Peer Reviewed

Clean Fuel Saving Technology Adoption in Urban Ethiopia

Damte Beyene, Abebe and Steven Koch. 2013. “Clean Fuel Saving Technology Adoption in Urban Ethiopia.” Energy Economics 36: 605-613.
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The heavy dependence and inefficient utilization of biomass resources have contributed to the depletion of forest resources in Ethiopia, while the use of traditional cooking technology has also been linked to indoor air pollution and poor health. In response, the government and other institutions have pushed for the adoption of new cooking technologies, with limited success.

 

 

This research examines the reasons underpinning the lack of widespread adoption, via duration analysis, correlating the speed of adoption of Mirte and Lakech cook stoves - two examples of new cooking technologies – in urban Ethiopia to socioeconomic factors. According to the duration analysis, adoption rates have steadily increased over time, while economic factors, such as product price, household income and household wealth, are, for the most part, important determinants of adoption behaviour. There is also evidence that the availability of substitute technologies tends to hinder adoption, and that there are large regional differences in adoption rates, suggesting the need for more detailed regional analysis of adoption decisions.