Chao-yo Cheng is a doctoral Candidate in political science at University of California, Los Angeles. He received his M.A. degree in political science from Columbia University and a dual B.A. degree in political science and journalism from National Chengchi University (Taipei, Taiwan). His research interests include authoritarianism, political institutions, ethnic politics, political economy of development, and quantitative methodology. In the past, he has studied ethnic politics, poverty, government goods provision, and institutional design in multi-ethnic developing countries. With a focus on China, his dissertation explores how non-democratic regimes govern their ethnic minorities. His work appeared in Chinese Political Science Review, Chinese Law and Government, Energy, Journal of Clean Production, and Economics of Governance, among other journals. He is a Fulbright/FSE Fellow between 2012 and 2014, and has received research funding from the Ministry of Science and Technology (Taiwan), the University Service Centre for China Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Harvard-Yenching Institute.
Access to energy in rural India: A survey of six states
18 Jan 2016
While access to energy is crucial for socioeconomic development, statistically representative surveys on the issue are missing in India. Based on a survey on energy access in six energy-poor states in north India, this column finds that although domestic electricity connections in rural areas have increased rapidly, quality of supply remains poor. In terms of clean cooking fuels, people strongly prefer LPG but poor availability and high upfront costs of connections limit access.
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