Renewable energy and household economy in rural China


To understand the linkage between renewable energy and economic growth, this study investigates the development of renewable energy, including hydropower, bioenergy, and solar energy, and their effects on rural household economy, by employing a panel data analysis in China during the period of 2003–2017. Based on the evidence of renewable energy infrastructure in the last 20 years, we use a two-way fixed effect model to reveal the relationship between renewable energy investment and household income and consumption. Further, we conduct a panel Granger causality test to verify the impact of renewable energy and economic growth. Empirical results show that investment in renewable energy, including bioenergy, solar energy and hydropower, indeed improve the rural household economy in China.

Renewable Energy
Jim Hall
Jim Hall
Professor of Climate and Environmental Risk

Prof. Jim Hall FREng is Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks in the University of Oxford and Director of Research in the School of Geography and the Environment.