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A deprivation-based assessment of energy poverty: Conceptual problems and application to Germany

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  • Heindl, Peter
  • Schüßler, Rudolf

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In this paper, subjective and objective aspects of deprivation are used to derive an aggregated multidimensional measure of energy poverty. The proposed measure is based on deprivation with a direct relation to energy consumption, but it also accounts for excessive financial restrictions due to energy costs, it gives priority to low income households, and controls for economic energy use. Based on logistic regression, we find strong effects of income and energy expenditure on the likelihood of energy deprivation in Germany, but these variables only partially constitute energy poverty. Other aspects, e.g. employment status or housing conditions, play an important role as well.

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  • Heindl, Peter & Schüßler, Rudolf, 2019. "A deprivation-based assessment of energy poverty: Conceptual problems and application to Germany," ZEW Discussion Papers 19-036, ZEW - Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research.
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    Keywords

    energy deprivation; energy poverty; fuel poverty;
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    JEL classification:

    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy

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