Megan Lang

Megan is a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Her research interests lie in gender and development and include women’s leadership, intra-household allocation, and gender-based violence.

Content by Megan Lang
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    When price isn’t the whole story: Why rural consumers in Rwanda have low demand for electricity

    Electrification is considered critical for economic growth, as reflected by Rwanda’s goal to hit 100% electrification by 2024, but providing poor consumers with access to electricity presents major challenges. This study examines consumer responses to a price incentive to pay for solar electricity among existing Pay as You Go (PAYGo) solar customers. Very few...

    28 Jun 2021 | Megan Lang

  • Project

    Understanding demand for electricity among rural consumers using pay as you go solar

    Electrification poses a unique growth policy challenge. It requires large investments in infrastructure, however the willingness to pay for electricity in low-income countries remains largely unknown. Recognising this challenge, Rwanda has developed a Rural Electrification Strategy (RES) to ensure that households have “the most appropriate form of electricity access”...

    26 Nov 2019 | Jeremy Magruder, Megan Lang

  • Blog post

    When price is not the whole story: Why rural consumers in Rwanda have low demand for electricity

    At first glance, the 7th Sustainable Development Goal seems uncontroversial: “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.” However, delve into the recent literature on electrification in sub-Saharan Africa and you will discover a growing number of studies that call into question where electrification should fit as a policy priority. In...

    13 Sep 2019 | Megan Lang