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ISBN 9781138120655
Published October 18, 2017 by Routledge
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The two major concerns in the energy policy debate relate to economic efficiency and whether the price should indicate to each consumer the true cost to the economy of using more energy, and the second is that of economic equity where it is argued that energy is a basic necessity for survival and the government has the responsibility to provide assistance for lower-income families. Originally published in 1982, this volume focuses on the uneven impact of rising energy costs on different income groups, regions, and household locations. This collection of papers helps to fill the knowledge gaps about the amount and distribution of household energy expenditure. The volume is organised with a paper introducing each topic followed by one or two discussants’ remarks further examining the issues at hand. It is a valuable title for students interested in environmental studies and national policy.

Table of Contents

Preface;  Part I: Presented papers;  1. The Distribution of Household Energy Expenditures and the Impact of High Prices  2. Comments on "The Distribution of Household Energy Expenditures and the Impact of High Prices"  3. Conceptualizing and Measuring the Burden of High Energy Prices  4. Energy Assistance Schemes: Review, Evaluation and Recommendations  5. Measuring the Need for Low-Income Energy Assistance  6. Comments on "Energy Assistance Schemes: Review, Evaluation and Recommendations"  7. Burden Allocation and Electricity Utility Rate Structures: Issues and Options  8. An Evaluation of TVA Initiatives to Help the Poor Meet Rising Electricity Costs  9. The Tradeoff Between Equity and Efficiency in Electric Utility Rate Structures: A comment on the TVA Approach  10. The Political Economy of U.S. Energy and Equity Policy  11. Comments on "The Political Economy of U.S. Energy and Equity Policy" 12. Energy Prices and Real Income Distribution: The Urban Sector  12. Comments on "Energy Prices and Real Income Distribution: The Urban Sector"  13. A Critique of "Energy Prices and Real Income Distribution: The Urban Sector"  14. The Impacts of Rising Energy Prices in Rural Areas  15. Assessing the Impacts of High Energy Costs on small Rural Communities: Discussion  16. Comments on "The Impacts of Rising Energy Prices in Rural Areas"  17. The Differential Effects of rising Energy Prices on Regional Incomes and Employment  18. The Impact of Regional Political Issues on Energy Price Increases  19. The Equity Issue in Europe and Japan  20. Comments on "The Equity Issue in Europe and Japan"  21. Discussion of "The Equity Issue in Europe and Japan"; Part II: Panel Addresses;  22. Energy and Poverty  23. Perspectives of Coping with Massive Shifts: Comments  24. Informal Remarks on "High Energy Costs: Assessing the Burden"

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