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Fuel Poverty in Ireland: Extent, Affected Groups and Policy Issues

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  • Scott, Susan

    (Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI))

  • Lyons, Sean

    (Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI))

  • Keane, Claire

    (Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI))

  • McCarthy, Donal

    (Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI))

  • Tol, Richard S. J.

    (Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI))

Abstract

This paper provides updated estimates for the scale of fuel poverty in the Republic of Ireland using two measures: one based on fuel expenditure as a share of income and the other based on self-reported deprivation. It also presents modelling results as to the characteristics of households most vulnerable to fuel poverty, examines the potential effects of future fuel price changes, outlines policies in place in Ireland and other countries, and discusses policy issues.

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  • Scott, Susan & Lyons, Sean & Keane, Claire & McCarthy, Donal & Tol, Richard S. J., 2008. "Fuel Poverty in Ireland: Extent, Affected Groups and Policy Issues," Papers WP262, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
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