World Bank Research Digest

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Volume 13, No. 2, Winter 2019

This issue of the Research Digest focuses on Energy.

List of articles in this issue:

  1. Sustainable Energy Is Key to Achieving Global Development Goals
  2. Charting the Diffusion of Power Sector Reforms across the Developing WorldAfter rapid diffusion in 1995–2005, the spread of power sector reforms across the developing world slowed significantly in the following decade.
    Vivien Foster, Samantha Witte, Sudeshna Ghosh Banerjee, and Alejandro Moreno.
  3. How Much Do Rural Households Benefit from Electrification? Evidence from BangladeshThe benefits of rural electrification depend critically on the quality of electricity supply—and are fully realized only over the long term.
    Hussain Samad and Fan Zhang
  4. Forecasting Electricity Demand in Developing Countries: Is There a Better Way? Forecasting electricity demand is particularly challenging in developing countries. A recent paper evaluates a new approach.
    Jevgenijs Steinbuks
  5. Expanding Cross-Border Electricity Trade to Promote Hydropower in South AsiaSouth Asia’s hydropower potential remains mostly  unexploited because of constraints on regional electricity trade. Relaxing these constraints would offer huge benefits.
    Govinda R. Timilsina
  6. The Nexus of Energy Supply and Human HealthEnergy supply can lead to costly human health problems that need to be considered in designing energy policies and strategies.
    Govinda R. Timilsina
  7. Can Improved Biomass Stoves Be Cost-Effective in Mitigating Climate Change? The results of a choice experiment survey in Ethiopia suggest that improved biomass stoves can be cost-effectively incorporated into a carbon payment program.
    Sahan T. M. Dissanayake, Abebe Damte Beyene, Randall Bluffstone, Zenebe Gebreegziabher, Gilbert Kiggundu, Shannon H. Kooser, Peter Martinsson, 
    Alemu Mekonnen, and Michael Toman
  8. Can Peer Pressure Encourage People to Adopt Energy-Saving Technologies? Laboratory experiments show that people may adopt innovations more quickly after seeing peers do so, even if the choice of technology differs.
    Julian C. Jamison, David Owens, and Glenn Woroch
  9. Solar Lanterns and Youth Academic Performance in BangladeshProviding solar lanterns to children in unelectrified households boosted their study time in the short term—but not their academic performance.
    Yuya Kudo, Abu S. Shonchoy, and Kazushi Takahashi
  10. The Complexities of Integrating Renewable Energy into a Power SystemIntegrating wind and solar into a power system requires a planning approach that fully considers the variability of these resources.
    Miklos Bankuti, Debabrata Chattopadhyay, and Chong-Suk Song
  11. Interactions of Renewable Energy Standards with Carbon Emission Trading for Climate Change MitigationDifferent policy measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can overlap in ways that may dilute the efficacy of each policy.
    Ying Fan, Jie Wu, Govinda R. Timilsina, and Yan Xia
  12. Recent Policy Research Working Papers on Energy


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