Determinants of Renewable Energy in West Africa

Date of Award


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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Qi Ge


My paper analyzes the determinants of renewable energy in West Africa. I focus on 15 member states of the ECOWAS. I use an OLS model with state and country fixed effects for a period ranging from 1990-2015. Existing literature show that different factors such as political, country specific and socioeconomic can be attributed to the determinants of renewable energy consumption in the Sub Saharan Africa. My study seeks to investigate whether or not these factors are persisting in the West African region especially within the ECOWAS states. My results show renewable energy consumption is only affected by socioeconomic and country specific factors in West Africa.

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