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Biomass Energy Economics and Rural Livelihood in Sichuan, China

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Qiu Chen

This book presents a study focusing on household biomass energy use and its impacts on livelihoods in rural China. It advances the literature by triangulating the existing econometric approaches to robustly analyze energy using behaviors at the micro level. Based on a developed agricultural household model, it firstly investigates the determinants of household energy choice behaviors by analyzing household revealed and stated preferences. On the production side, it tests the competition between biomass collection and agricultural production by estimating the profit function. And finally, it examines the effects of price changes in exogenous markets on household biomass energy using behaviors by jointly estimating household consumption, production and labor allocation decisions.

Households prefer to adopt the fuels with lower cost, higher safety and lower indoor air pollution – Biomass collection competes with agricultural production for labor resource – Neglecting the indirect effects of shadow wages will lead to inaccurate findings about household biomass energy production and consumption behaviors