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Alleviating Energy Poverty in Europe: Front-runners and Laggards

Ana Rodriguez-Alvarez, Manuel Llorca () and Tooraj Jamasb

No 12-2021, Working Papers from Copenhagen Business School, Department of Economics

Abstract: In recent years, awareness of energy poverty has gained increasing attention in European countries. Comparative country studies can enhance our understanding of the causes and effects of this growing problem. This paper proposes a new model for the analysis of energy poverty. We define a theoretical framework and model to estimate an energy poverty frontier. The estimated frontier indicates the minimum level of energy poverty that a country can achieve given its income level, energy prices, and other country-specific features. We apply the approach to a sample of 30 European countries during the period 2005-2018. This allows us to contrast whether policy measures aimed at reducing the poverty among vulnerable individuals and households have been effective. The estimates indicate that financial aid aimed at especially vulnerable groups, reductions in energy prices, and improvements in energy efficiency seem to be beneficial to face energy poverty. The impact of these factors may partly explain why, despite the negative impact of the financial crisis, we have found a steady and general energy poverty reduction during the period in almost all the countries analysed.

Keywords: Energy poverty in Europe; Energy poverty determinants; Social protection; Stochastic frontier analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 H53 I32 Q43 Q48 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2021-07-13
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