Energy poverty in Italy
Ivan Faiella and
Luciano Lavecchia ()
No 240, Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) from Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area
Despite the existence of two targeted national programmes (ï¿½Bonus gasï¿½ and ï¿½Bonus energiaï¿½) in Italy there is no official definition of energy poverty (EP). The purpose of this study is to provide the reader with a set of indicators to fill this gap. We present a range of poverty measures which estimate that between 5 and 20 per cent of households was in EP in 2012. A selection based on qualitative criteria suggests the use of a low-income/high-costs indicator modified to include the economically vulnerable households with no heating expenses. According to this statistic the proportion of households in EP during the period 1997-2012 was broadly stable at around 8 per cent. Our simulations indicate that the tools available to counter EP in Italy would have yielded a modest reduction in energy vulnerable households.
Keywords: energy poverty; energy demand; inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H23 I32 Q41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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