ESTIMATING THE EXTENT OF DOMESTIC ENERGY DEPRIVATION THROUGH HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEYS

Stefan Buzar

Abstract


Domestic energy deprivation, or energy poverty, is a growing problem worldwide, affecting millions, if not billions, of families in developing countries. One of the ways of making the issue more visible to policy makers and the wider public is by devising a common measurement framework that could be applied to different countries and contexts. In this paper, I lay out some of the methods and procedures that could be used to devise such a framework, based on data from a widely accessible source-household expenditure surveys. The framework has been tested on two national samples from such sources. The results of the paper emphasise the need for relying on a multi-layered methodological approach for estimating the size and extent of domestic energy deprivation, which is a complex phenomenon that does not conform to standard poverty lines and measurement methods.

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