Inequalities in LPG and electricity consumption in India: The role of caste, tribe, and religion

Vibhor Saxena, PC Bhattacharya

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    This paper examines the role of caste, tribe, and religion in determining energy inequality in India. We provide evidence by using the National Sample Survey Organisation data from the 68th round (2011–12) of 87,753 households. We estimate the inequalities in access to Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) and electricity usage by the households belonging to the three major disadvantaged groups in India, viz., the scheduled castes, the scheduled tribes, and the Muslims. The results of our empirical analysis suggest that, after controlling for the determinants which impinge on the households’ microeconomic demand and regional supply characteristics, the households belonging to the scheduled tribe and scheduled caste communities do have significantly poorer access to LPG and electricity usage as compared to the upper caste households. The decomposition analysis of average differences in the predicted outcomes shows that it is the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe households who would appear to face most discrimination. The Muslim households too face significant inequality in accessing LPG. Policy implications of the findings are considered.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)44-53
    JournalEnergy for Sustainable Development
    Issue numberC
    Early online date7 Nov 2017
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018


    • Cooking fuel
    • Electricity
    • Inequality
    • Discrimination


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