Household energy and quality of life: evidence from india

Hari, Lakshmikanth (2); Nathan, Hippu Salk Kristle (1); Mishra, Srijit (3) (2018). 'Household Energy and Quality of Life: Evidence from India' Paper presented at the annual conference of the HDCA, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2018.


Energy is the fuel to development. It is true not only at global and national levels; but also, at household and individual levels. Modern household energy contributes to heath, education, productivity, and overall quality of life. However, the exact relationship between energy access parameters and quality of life parameters are not only not clear, but also less explored. By taking national survey data from India, this paper intends to understand the correlations among these indicators. We use three quality of life indicators: nutritional poverty, education poverty, and income poverty. We employ the notion nutritional poverty developed in Hari and Mishra (2017), in which such poverty is computed by assessing the difference in normative and actual food consumption. Education poverty is conceived in this paper by considering the difference between the education age and actual age of the population. Income poverty considers the conventional notion of poverty measurement. In addition to these quality of life indicators, we have considered energy poverty that has been developed in an accompanied paper (Nathan and Hari, 2018). Using National Sample Surveys, the paper explores the correlations of energy poverty with the three quality of life indicators. The data analysis has been carried out both at inter- and intra-regional (urban-rural) level.

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