Duke University, in close collaboration with local implementing partners TERI and Chirag, aimed to apply behavior change theories to test interventions for increasing the adoption and correct use of improved cookstoves. Working from the household production framework, Duke hypothesized that for a household to purchase an improved cookstove, the perceived benefits must outweigh the costs of the change. They sought to design an intervention that would promote these benefits and overcome the costs or challenges associated with stove adoption. This project is using a single burner Greenway wood-burning stove, and is exploring demand for electric G coil stoves.*
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Researchers will conduct pilot, baseline, and endline assessments to determine:
Sultanpur region of Uttar Pradesh
Nainital region of Uttarakhand
Key components of the research intervention include: a free trial, right to return the stove after the trial period, payments spread over three installments, rebates provided to households conditional on stove use, stove demonstrations, and a promotional flyer.