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Fuel Poverty: A Composite Index Approach

Dorothée Charlier () and Bérangère Legendre ()

No 2016.06, Policy Papers from FAERE - French Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

Abstract: Although fuel poverty is an increasingly serious problem across countries, it has not been well defined or measured in the literature. Currently, an objective measure that takes into account monetary constraints, poor energy efficiency of the dwelling and heating restrictions does not exist. Fuel poverty has been mainly treated as a problem of monetary poverty. However, fuel-impoverished households may differ from those with monetary poverty. Thus, this paper provides a fuel poverty index that takes into account all dimensions of the definition. This index is calculated using objective measures such as disposable income to account for monetary constraints, energy consumption as a measure of energy efficiency and indoor temperature to capture heating restrictions.

Keywords: Fuel Poverty; Matching Method; Composite indicator; Heating restriction; Energy efficiency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q41 Q48 Q58 C21 C61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ene, nep-eur and nep-reg
Date: 2016-05
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