The Effects of Fuel-Efficient Cookstoves on Fuel Use, Particulate Matter, and Cooking Practices: Results from a Randomized Trial in Rural Uganda

Last registered on March 15, 2019

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Trial Information

General Information

Title
The Effects of Fuel-Efficient Cookstoves on Fuel Use, Particulate Matter, and Cooking Practices: Results from a Randomized Trial in Rural Uganda
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003778
Initial registration date
March 12, 2019
Last updated
March 15, 2019, 11:03 AM EDT

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
UC Berkeley

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
UNHCR
PI Affiliation
Cornell University
PI Affiliation
Fordham University
PI Affiliation
UC Berkeley

Additional Trial Information

Status
Completed
Start date
2011-10-10
End date
2012-09-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Smoky cookfires contribute to global climate change and kill approximately four million people annually. Manufactured fuel-efficient cookstoves have the potential to reduce these burdens. While many studies have examined the effects of fuel-efficient cookstoves, this study is the first to do so while selling stoves at market prices. Fuelwood usage and household air particulates decline by 0-2% after introducing a fuel-efficient stove. These reductions are smaller than predicted in laboratory and well short of World Health Organization pollution targets. Even when introducing a second fuel-efficient stove, most households continued to use their traditional smoky stoves for a majority of cooking time.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Beltramo, Theresa et al. 2019. "The Effects of Fuel-Efficient Cookstoves on Fuel Use, Particulate Matter, and Cooking Practices: Results from a Randomized Trial in Rural Uganda." AEA RCT Registry. March 15. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.3778-1.0
Former Citation
Beltramo, Theresa et al. 2019. "The Effects of Fuel-Efficient Cookstoves on Fuel Use, Particulate Matter, and Cooking Practices: Results from a Randomized Trial in Rural Uganda." AEA RCT Registry. March 15. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3778/history/43405
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2011-10-10
Intervention End Date
2012-09-30

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Stove use, wood use, and particulate matter concentrations.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We randomly assigned the timing (into two groups) that buyers of the Envirofit G3300 received their Envirofit. In approximately four week intervals: half of the buyers received their first Envirofit stove, then the other half received their first Envirofit stove, and then all (as a surprise) received a gift of a second Envirofit stove.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer.
Randomization Unit
household level
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
NA
Sample size: planned number of observations
168 households
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
84 treatment
84 control
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Committee for Protection of Human Subjects
IRB Approval Date
2011-10-07
IRB Approval Number
2010-06-1665

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
Yes
Intervention Completion Date
September 30, 2012, 12:00 +00:00
Data Collection Complete
Yes
Data Collection Completion Date
September 30, 2012, 12:00 +00:00
Final Sample Size: Number of Clusters (Unit of Randomization)
NA
Was attrition correlated with treatment status?
No
Final Sample Size: Total Number of Observations
164 households
Final Sample Size (or Number of Clusters) by Treatment Arms
82 treatment 82 control
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

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