Fuel Poverty and the Energy Benefits System: The Italian Case

42 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2014

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Raffaele Miniaci

University of Brescia - Department of Economics and Management

Carlo Scarpa

University of Brescia; NERA Economic Consulting

Paola Valbonesi

University of Padua - Department of Economics and Management, DSEA

Date Written: April 14, 2014

Abstract

In this paper we discuss a number of ways to define and measure the affordability of energy consumption, and we examine the emergence of fuel poverty in Italy in the period from 1998 to 2011. The paper examines the eligibility criteria for claiming the benefits available to support energy consumption for vulnerable families and it identifies the potential beneficiaries. The study assesses the appropriateness of the eligibility criteria by comparing the population targeted by the policy with the population actually living in fuel poverty. A simulation exercise, using the hypothetical scenario most likely to result in energy benefits being made available, shows that, regardless of the affordability index adopted, the provision of state energy benefits has little impact on fuel poverty.

Keywords: Fuel poverty; affordability; energy benefits; vulnerable consumers

JEL Classification: D12, I32, I38, Q4

Suggested Citation

Miniaci, Raffaele and Scarpa, Carlo and Valbonesi, Paola, Fuel Poverty and the Energy Benefits System: The Italian Case (April 14, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2433441 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2433441

Raffaele Miniaci (Contact Author)

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Carlo Scarpa

University of Brescia ( email )

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Paola Valbonesi

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Italy
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