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Exploring the influence of household and community electrification status on children’s health in Mali and Ethiopia

Authors: Kathryn Grace*, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, Molly Brown, University of Maryland
Topics: Population Geography
Keywords: electricity, population, health
Session Type: Paper
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As researchers and policymakers are faced with a range of possible pathways that link development strategies to improved individual health outcomes, the benefits of electrification are often discussed. The impact of future development strategies related to improving energy access on nutrition outcomes is challenging to measure. Additional questions about the variation in the role of electrification between communities and within communities also encourage expanded analyses and discussions of this component of development. In this article we aim to examine the different pathways by which electrification can influence child health outcomes using both direct and indirect measures that correspond to both direct and indirect pathways described here. Because we combine survey data with remotely sensed measures of electrification and general livelihood strategies, our research uses both the spatial and temporal dimensions of the electrification-health linkage and expands on previous research.

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