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Measuring The Affordability Of Basic Public Utility Services In Italy

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  • RAFFAELE MINIACI

    ()
    (Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche, Università di Brescia)

  • CARLO SCARPA

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    (Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche, Università di Brescia)

  • PAOLA VALBONESI

    ()
    (Dipartimento di Economia, Università di Padova)

Abstract

In this paper we analyse the affordability of water and energy for Italian households. We first document how the regulatory reform has changed the system of price setting, illustrating the dynamics of utility prices and of household expenditure in the period 1998-2005. We then discuss current indices adopted to measure the affordability of public utilities and propose an alternative one, in order to investigate how many households would incur a potentially excessive burden, if they consumed a minimum quantity of utility services. Finally, we calculate the values of these indices on data from the ‘Survey on Family Budgets’ over the period, and use them to depict the affordability issue in Italy. Our results show that after the Italian reforms of the Nineties (at least until 2005) the affordability of public utility services has not worsened.

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Article provided by GDE (Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia), Bocconi University in its journal Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia.

Volume (Year): 67 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (July)
Pages: 185-230

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Handle: RePEc:gde:journl:gde_v67_n2_p185-230

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Keywords: affordability; public utilities; regulation; gas; electricity; water;

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  1. Gawel, Erik & Sigel, Katja & Bretschneider, Wolfgang, 2011. "Affordability of water supply in Mongolia: Empirical lessons for measuring affordability," UFZ Discussion Papers 9/2011, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Division of Social Sciences (ÖKUS).
  2. Gawel, Erik & Bretschneider, Wolfgang, 2010. "Investigating affordability problems of utility services - a theoretical study on the ratio measure," IAMO Forum 2010: Institutions in Transition – Challenges for New Modes of Governance 52714, Leib­niz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO).

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