Addressing rural energy poverty and rural-urban energy access gap in developing countries: does international remittances matter?

Alex O. Acheampong*, Mariem Brahim, Janet Dzator

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Abstract

Alleviating rural energy poverty and inequality in rural-urban energy accessibility is a panacea for rural economic development. Researchers and policymakers have underscored the importance of remittances in socio-economic development; however, the role of remittances on rural energy poverty and disparity in rural-urban energy access remains under-researched area. This study, therefore, investigates whether remittances contribute to enhance rural energy poverty and rural-urban inequality in energy access in 135 developing countries from 2000–2020. Evidence from cross-sectional and endogeneity-corrected results supports that international remittance inflow substantially reduces rural poverty and rural-urban inequality in energy access. The results also indicate that the effect of remittance on rural energy poverty and rural-urban inequality in energy access depends on the state of countries’ financial development and GDP per capita, indicating that remittances alleviate rural energy poverty and inequality in rural-urban energy accessibility in countries with higher access to credit and per capita GDP. We documented that these findings differ across income groups. The policy implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalApplied Economics
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Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 2024

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