Switching off or switching source : energy consumption and household

F. Gassmann, R. Tsukada

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"Access to energy is fundamental to improving quality of life and is a key imper-
ative for economic development" (Energy Poverty Action). This is particularly true
in Central Asia where winters are harsh and long. Changes in energy prices affect
the purchasing power of households, hitting the poor in particular. The impact very
much depends on a household's energy basket and the available strategies for switching to alternative energy sources. Using data from the Kyrgyz Integrated Household Survey (KIHS) 2011, this paper analyzes the prole of household energy consumption and the impact of electricity tariff increases on the probability that households would switch to alternative energy sources. Results suggest that households would respond to an electricity price increase by increasing consumption of fuels: households would tend to move away from electricity-only heating source towards the use of stove-only.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMaastricht
PublisherMaastricht University
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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SeriesUNU-MERIT Working Papers


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