Discussion Papers

No.547 Rural Electrification Revisited:The Case of Bihar, India

by Hisaya ODA and Yuko TSUJITA

December 2015


This study describes the dynamic processes of electrification. Some electrified villages have experienced de-electrification, mainly due to technical issues. Some villages were re-electrified through various efforts. Our econometric exercise indicates that small villages in remote locations tend to not be prioritized in the electrification process. It also finds that the cumulative number of ever-electrified villages is higher among villages having a higher ratio of socially advanced classes. However, some of these experienced de-electrification, rendering ambiguous the impact of village social characteristics on electrification.

Keywords: Electrification, de-electrification, re-electrification, Bihar, India
JEL classification: P25, Q01, Q40, R11

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