Working Paper by Steve Puller to be Published in Journal of Development Economics

Feb 08, 2022
Summary: The working paper, “Disbursing Emergency Relief Through Utilities: Evidence from Ghana” by Steve Puller, PERC’s Professor in Free Enterprise, along with coauthors Susanna Berkouwer, Pierre Biscaye and Catherine Wolfram, will be published in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Development Economics.

The paper studies the challenges in efficiently, effectively, and fairly distributing in-kind electricity transfers to households during the Covid-19 pandemic. Using data from 1,200 households, the authors find that distributing relief though electricity transfers has several advantages, including immediacy, its ability to be used at a later date, and use of existing infrastructure.

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