Renewable energy and household economy in rural China

Jiashun Huang, Weiping Li, Lijia Guo, Xi Hu, Jim W. Hall

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)669-676
Number of pages8
JournalRenewable Energy
StatePublished - Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Household economy
  • Renewable energy
  • Rural China

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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