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Switching off or switching source: energy consumption and household

Franziska Gassmann () and Raquel Tsukada ()

No 2013-047, MERIT Working Papers from United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT)

Abstract: Access to energy is fundamental to improving quality of life and is a key imper-ative for economic development Energy Poverty Action. This is particularly truein Central Asia where winters are harsh and long. Changes in energy prices affectthe purchasing power of households, hitting the poor in particular. The impact verymuch depends on a households energy basket and the available strategies for switching to alternative energy sources. Using data from the Kyrgyz Integrated Household Survey KIHS 2011, this paper analyzes the prole of household energy consumption and the impact of electricity tariff increases on the probability that households would switch to alternative energy sources. Results suggest that households would respond to an electricity price increase by increasing consumption of fuels households would tend to move away from electricity-only heating source towards the use of stove-only.

Keywords: Taxation and Subsidies; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies; Welfare and Poverty; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs; Socialist Systems and Transitional Economies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H23 I38 P22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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