Welfare Impacts of Rural Electrification: Evidence from Vietnam

September 2008 [pdf]. This paper is one of the first studies to examine the welfare impacts of households’ rural electrification based on panel surveys conducted in 2002 and 2005 for some 1,100 households in rural Vietnam,. The findings indicate that grid electrification has been both extensive (connecting all surveyed communes by 2005) and intensive (connecting almost 80 percent of the surveyed households by 2005). Finally, this study recommends investigating long-term benefits of rural electrification – not just for households, but for rural economy as a whole.