The Impact of Low‐Income Home Energy Assistance Program Participation on Household Energy Insecurity

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Anthony Murray

USDA Economic Research Service

Bradford F. Mills

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Date Written: October 2014

Abstract

The impact of the low‐income home energy assistance program (LIHEAP), the single largest energy assistance program available to poor households in the United States has received little rigorous attention. If LIHEAP participation significantly improves low‐income household energy security, funding cuts or eliminating the program could negatively impact the poor. This article empirically estimates the impact of LIHEAP on household energy security. The results indicate participation in LIHEAP significantly increases energy security in low‐income households. Simulations suggest that elimination of the current household energy‐assistance safety net will decrease the number of low‐income energy secure households by over 17%.

JEL Classification: I38, Q48

Suggested Citation

Murray, Anthony and Mills, Bradford F., The Impact of Low‐Income Home Energy Assistance Program Participation on Household Energy Insecurity (October 2014). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 32, Issue 4, pp. 811-825, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2483503 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/coep.12050

Anthony Murray

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Bradford F. Mills

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