Prepaid metering and electricity consumption: evidence from Bangladesh

Crawford School of Public Policy
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Event details

PhD Seminar (Econ)

Date & time

Friday 12 June 2020


Online via Zoom


Debasish Das

Bangladesh is an early adopter of pre-paid electricity metering in South Asia through state-owned electricity distribution companies across different cities. Using unique customer-level monthly electricity consumption data and a difference-in-difference design, this paper estimates the impacts of pre-paid metering on electricity consumption in Dhaka city. Customers reduce their monthly electricity consumption by 47 kWh or 24 percent when switching from post-paid to pre-paid metering, and pre-paid metering has a larger effect on consumption for the customers in the lower tariff life-line group compared to the upper tariff-line samples.

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