Ruhr Economic Papers

Ruhr Economic Papers #538

Beer, Wood, and Welfare

by Michael Grimm and Jörg Peters

RWI, 02/2015, 56 S./p., 8 Euro, ISBN 978-3-86788-616-1 DOI: 10.4419/86788616



Local beer breweries in Burkina Faso absorb a considerable amount of urban woodfuel demand. We assess the woodfuel savings caused by the adoption of improved brewing stoves by these micro-breweries and estimate the implied welfare effects through the woodfuel market on private households as well as the environmental effect. We find substantial wood savings among the breweries and, subsequently, huge welfare gains for households and reductions in CO2-emissions. Since woodfuel is predominantly used for cooking by the poorer strata, the intervention under study is an example for a green growth intervention with pro-poor welfare gains – something green growth strategies should look for.

JEL-Classification: D2, D6, I3, O3

Keywords: Burkina Faso; demand for woodfuel; green growth; impact evaluation; improved stoves; technology adoption

Published as:

Grimm, M. and J. Peters (2015), Beer, Wood, and Welfare - The Impact of Improved Stove Use among Dolo-beer Breweries. PLOS ONE 10 (8) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0132603