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

  • 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))

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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Length: 73 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2008
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Handle: RePEc:esr:wpaper:wp262
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  1. Clinch, J. Peter & Healy, John D., 2001. "Cost-benefit analysis of domestic energy efficiency," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 29(2), pages 113-124, January.
  2. Tim Callan & Sean Lyons & Sue Scott & Richard S. J. Tol & Stefano Verde, 2008. "The Distributional Implications of a Carbon Tax in Ireland," Papers WP250, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
  3. Susan Scott, 1996. "Social Welfare Fuel Allowances...To Heat the Sky?," Papers WP074, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
  4. Conniffe, Denis, 2000. "Household Energy Expenditures: Policy Relevant Information from the Household Budget Survey," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number PRS37.
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