Many developing economies are often hit by electricity crises either because of supply
constraints or lacking in broader energy market reforms. This study uses manufacturing
firm census data from Ethiopia to identify productivity losses attributable to power
disruptions. Our estimates show that these disruptions, on average, result in productivity
losses of about 4–10 percent. We found nonlinear productivity losses at different quantiles
along the productivity distribution. Firms at higher quantiles faced higher losses compared
to firms around the median. We observed patterns of systematic shutdowns as firms
attempt to minimize losses.