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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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    1. Dorothy Watson & Bertrand Maitre, 2015. "Is Fuel Poverty in Ireland a Distinct Type of Deprivation?," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 46(2), pages 267-291.
    2. Waddams Price, Catherine & Brazier, Karl & Wang, Wenjia, 2012. "Objective and subjective measures of fuel poverty," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 33-39.
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    4. Chaton, Corinne & Lacroix, Elie, 2018. "Does France have a fuel poverty trap?," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 113(C), pages 258-268.
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    15. Sang-Hyeon Jin, 2020. "Fuel poverty and rebound effect in South Korea: An estimation for home appliances using the modified regression model," Energy & Environment, , vol. 31(7), pages 1147-1166, November.
    16. Diffney, Seán & Lyons, Seán & Malaguzzi Valeri, Laura, 2013. "Evaluation of the effect of the Power of One campaign on natural gas consumption," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 62(C), pages 978-988.

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