The importance of human development in combating energy poverty

Eric Evans Osei Opoku, Kingsley E. Dogah, Nana Kwabena Kufuor (Lead / Corresponding author), Alex O. Acheampong

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    Theoretically, the impact of human development on energy poverty could occur through a number of channels, for instance, through improved social mobility and employability. In this study, we elaborate on these channels and examine how human development affects energy poverty in Africa, where access to electricity is a challenge for many. We proxy human development with scores on the human development index (HDI), human capital and education levels and analyse panel data on 40 African countries from 2000 to 2018. Employing a battery of estimation methods, the results suggest that an increase in human development generally improves energy poverty.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages21
    JournalJournal of International Development
    Early online date16 Nov 2023
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Nov 2023


    • access to electricity
    • clean energy
    • education
    • energy poverty
    • human capital
    • human development

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Development


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