Female Entrepreneurship and the Burden of House Work: A Randomised Experiment on the Role of Access to Light

Research Note
Published on 7 April 2017


This novel experiment finds evidence that small-scale lighting solutions can help households living in off-grid rural areas to shift from farm to non-farm livelihoods, thereby helping stimulate the very first steps in the direction of economic transformation of rural communities. However, the experiment does not find evidence indicating that access to light advances the economic empowerment of women.


Paolo Lucchino

BPP University

Fadi Hassan

Trinity College Dublin