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The Political Economy and Governance of Rural Electrification in Kenya
Last registered on May 30, 2018


Trial Information
General Information
The Political Economy and Governance of Rural Electrification in Kenya
Initial registration date
May 29, 2018
Last updated
May 30, 2018 9:50 PM EDT

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Primary Investigator
University of California at Berkeley
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of California at Berkeley
PI Affiliation
University of California at Berkeley
PI Affiliation
University of California at Berkeley
Additional Trial Information
On going
Start date
End date
Secondary IDs
Although governments in low-income countries frequently outsource public good provision to the private sector, the political economy and governance issues in this sphere remain poorly understood. We study outsourced public good provision by a low-capacity state in the context of Kenya’s national Last Mile Connectivity Project, which aims to provide universal household electricity access by 2020 using World Bank and African Development Bank funding. We will collect rich administrative and spatial planning data on the construction process across hundreds of projects. We will complement this with novel field engineering assessments and household surveys to study the channels affecting leakage and technical construction of a nationwide infrastructure project.
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Registration Citation
Berkouwer, Susanna et al. 2018. "The Political Economy and Governance of Rural Electrification in Kenya." AEA RCT Registry. May 30.
Experimental Details
Enhanced Monitoring Program at a select number of sites in the 5 Kenyan counties of Kakamega, Kisumu, Kericho, Nandi, and Vihiga.
Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Engineering measurements, household survey data, firm survey data, secondary/administrative data.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Individual contractors have been assigned to perform construction of the LMCP project in specific villages (called "transformer sites", located within a 600m radius of a transformer). Individual contractors will receive notification of an Enhanced Monitoring Program that will by conducted by an international team of engineers at a pre-specified list of their construction sites once construction is expected to have been completed.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization was done using Stata software.
Randomization Unit
Transformer site.
Was the treatment clustered?
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
631 transformer sites.
Sample size: planned number of observations
Up to 10,000 households and firms located nearby each transformer.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
315 clusters in treatment, 316 clusters in control.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB Name
Committee for Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) at UC Berkeley
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