Chen, Qiu: Biomass Energy Economics and Rural Livelihoods in Sichuan, China. - Bonn, 2017. - Dissertation, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn.
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author = {{Qiu Chen}},
title = {Biomass Energy Economics and Rural Livelihoods in Sichuan, China},
school = {Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn},
year = 2017,
month = jul,

note = {This study investigates the influences of household biomass energy use on rural livelihoods in Sichuan Province of China. Of the 556 surveyed households, 432 (77.7%) households still use traditional solid biomass energy (crops straw and firewood) for cooking, while 243 (43.7%) households produce biogas. An alternative-specific conditional logit model was adopted to test the determinants of household biomass energy choice behaviors from the perspectives of households’ revealed preferences and stated preferences (RP and SP) based on the random utility theory. The results of this study indicated that households prefer to use energy sources with lower prices (costs), higher safety, and lower indoor pollution. Moreover, this study showed that the decision maker characteristics, the demographic structure of rural families, income level, arable land owned and household location are all crucial factors affecting the process of household energy transition.
On the production side, in order to investigate the influence of traditional biomass energy use on agricultural production, a multioutput profit function was adopted to further analyze the relationship between agricultural production and biomass collection. The estimation results showed that the supply cross-price elasticities of agricultural products and biomass are -0.02 and -0.52, respectively, indicating that biomass collection could bring a negative effect to agricultural production due to the competition between these two activities for limited labor resources.
Finally, this research provided a holistic and comprehensive analysis of household biomass energy using behaviors based on an agricultural household model. The estimation results revealed that household biomass energy consumption responds positively to the changes in exogenous prices of self-consumed agricultural products and labor, while the market failures reduce the flexibility of household biomass energy using behaviors in the cases of changes in the price of commercial energy or other marketed goods.},

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