International Journal of Commerce and Management Research

International Journal of Commerce and Management Research


International Journal of Commerce and Management Research
International Journal of Commerce and Management Research
Vol. 2, Issue 12 (2016)

Electricity load shedding: An econometric analysis of the productivity of firms in the manufacturing sector in Lusaka


Yimbilanji M Sichone, Peter Mulenga, Christopher Phiri, Sumbye Kapena, Humphrey Fandamu

The main aim of this paper was to empirically analyse the impact of electricity load shedding on the manufacturing sector in Zambia. Using cross-section data from the 2014 World Bank Enterprise Survey, this study used the ordinary least squares method of estimation to empirically analyse the impact of electricity load shedding on the manufacturing sector. It was established that load shedding, on average, has a negative and significant impact on the productivity of firms, controlling for other production factors. However, different manufacturing firms were found to react differently to load shedding depending on the sub-sector. Given that power disruptions are unfavourable to firm productivity and the importance of the manufacturing sector to the economy, it is clear that Zambia needs to diversify from hydropower to alternative sources of energy.
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Yimbilanji M Sichone, Peter Mulenga, Christopher Phiri, Sumbye Kapena, Humphrey Fandamu. Electricity load shedding: An econometric analysis of the productivity of firms in the manufacturing sector in Lusaka. International Journal of Commerce and Management Research, Volume 2, Issue 12, 2016, Pages 151-157
International Journal of Commerce and Management Research