Domestic technology, consumption economies of scale and poverty: evidence from Sri Lanka

M. Jayasinghe, S. Ratnasiri, Christine Smith, A. Chai

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Abstract

While it is well known that new technologies enhance consumer welfare, the manner in which these technologies impact the ability to realize economies of scale in consumption is not well understood. We use Sri Lankan household data to examine how the adoption of new technologies by households positively impacts their ability to achieve household economies of scale. This suggests that new technologies not only deliver a greater variety of consumption goods to consumers, but they may also play an important role in enabling large households to escape poverty by lowering the per-capita costs of maintaining a given standard of living. Given the importance of consumption economies of scale in the measurement of poverty, this study provides some insights on the extent to which the number of poor households changes when food consumption scale economies due to technology adoption in the domestic sphere are incorporated. © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1777-1789
Number of pages13
JournalApplied Economics
Volume50
Issue number16
Early online date8 Sep 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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