Adding fuel to fire? Social spillovers and spatial disparities in the adoption of LPG in India

This paper investigates the role of ‘social spillovers’ – people learning from and imitating the behaviour of other people – in the adoption of new technologies, with a focus on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in India. The authors explore whether Indian households might be more likely to adopt LPG in place of traditional biomass as a cooking fuel if other households in the same locality do so.