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Replication data for: Pay as You Go: Prepaid Metering and Electricity Expenditures in South Africa

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Jack, B. Kelsey
  • Smith, Grant
Publication Date
2015-05-01
Description
  • Abstract

    High rates of customer default on utility bills present a barrier to the expansion of electricity access in the developing world. Pre-paid electricity metering offers a technological solution to ensuring timely payment. Using an eleven-year panel of pre-paid electricity customers in Cape Town, South Africa, we describe patterns of purchase behavior across property values, our measure of socioeconomic status. Poorer households buy electricity more often, in smaller increments, and are most likely to buy on payday. These patterns suggest difficulties smoothing income, and reveal a preference for small, frequent purchases that is incompatible with a standard monthly electricity billing cycle.
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  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/aer.p20151096 (Text)
Publications
  • Jack, B. Kelsey, and Grant Smith. “Pay as You Go: Prepaid Metering and Electricity Expenditures in South Africa.” American Economic Review 105, no. 5 (May 2015): 237–41. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.p20151096.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.p20151096 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-12

Jack, B. Kelsey; Smith, Grant (2015): Replication data for: Pay as You Go: Prepaid Metering and Electricity Expenditures in South Africa. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E113412