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Distributional effects of price reforms in the Italian utility markets

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  • Raffaele Miniaci

    () (Universit… di Brescia)

  • Carlo Scarpa

    () (Universit… di Brescia)

  • Paola Valbonesi

    () (Universit… di Padova)

Abstract

In this paper we analyse some distributional effects of the reforms of water and energy services in Italy. We first document the new regulation setting in these services, illustrating the dynamics of utility prices and of household expenditure in the period 1998-2005. We then propose a way to measure the affordability of public utilities, 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 this index on data from the 'Survey on Family Budgets'. Our results show how the affordability of utility bills varies from region to region depending on climate, income, family endowment and size. The analysis - also based on a counterfactual exercise - finds that so far, utility reforms do not seem to have produced any negative effects on weaker households.

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  • Raffaele Miniaci & Carlo Scarpa & Paola Valbonesi, 2007. "Distributional effects of price reforms in the Italian utility markets," "Marco Fanno" Working Papers 0050, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno".
  • Handle: RePEc:pad:wpaper:0050
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    Keywords

    Affordability; Public Utilities; Regulation; Gas; Electricity; Water;

    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation
    • L97 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Utilities: General

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