Improving stove evaluation using survey data: Who received which intervention matters

Valerie Mueller, Alexander Pfaff, John Peabody, Yaping Liu, Kirk R. Smith

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Abstract

As biomass fuel use in developing countries causes substantial harm to health and the environment, efficient stoves are candidates for subsidies to reduce emissions. In evaluating improved stoves' relative benefits, little attention has been given to who received which stove intervention due to choices that are made by agencies and households. Using Chinese household data, we find that the owners of more efficient stoves (i.e., clean-fuel and improved-biomass stoves, as compared with traditional-biomass and coal stoves) live in less healthy counties and differ, across and within counties, in terms of household characteristics such as various assets. On net, that caused efficient stoves to look worse for health than they actually are. We control for counties and household characteristics in testing stove impacts. Unlike tests that lack controls, our preferred tests with controls suggest health benefits from clean-fuel versus traditional-biomass stoves. Also, they eliminate surprising estimates of health benefits from coal, found without using controls. Our results show the value, for learning, of tracking who gets which intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-312
Number of pages12
JournalEcological Economics
Volume93
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Biomass fuel
  • China
  • Coal
  • Health
  • Household air pollution
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Matching
  • Stoves

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  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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Improving stove evaluation using survey data : Who received which intervention matters. / Mueller, Valerie; Pfaff, Alexander; Peabody, John; Liu, Yaping; Smith, Kirk R.

In: Ecological Economics, Vol. 93, 01.09.2013, p. 301-312.

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Mueller, Valerie ; Pfaff, Alexander ; Peabody, John ; Liu, Yaping ; Smith, Kirk R. / Improving stove evaluation using survey data : Who received which intervention matters. In: Ecological Economics. 2013 ; Vol. 93. pp. 301-312.
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