Reducing fossil-fuel subsidies and the implication on inequality and poverty in Kazakhstan: a first estimate

Howie, Peter, and Pak, Anton (2015) Reducing fossil-fuel subsidies and the implication on inequality and poverty in Kazakhstan: a first estimate. In: Proceeedings of the 38th IAEE International Conference. From: Energy Security, Technology and Sustainability Challenges Across the Globe: 38th IAEE International Conference, 25-27 May 2015, Antalya, Turkey.

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[Extract:] In this study we attempt to investigate the possibility of coal-heated households in Kazakhstan both weatherizing and switching heating technology as the result of full removal of fossil fuel subsidies. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA Energy Subsidy Database, 2013), the coal subsidization rate for Kazakhstan in 2011 was approximately 60% and comprised 3.09% of GDP 1 . Explicit incorporation of both weatherization and equipment technologies is important because removal of fossil fuel subsidies requires the evaluation of traditional coal and new heating technologies. Furthermore, the paper investigates the necessity of government-sponsored programs aimed at nudging households to switch heating technologies, particularly to electric boiler systems.2 Specifically, is there a need for i) information programs making households aware of the costs and savings generated by both insulating and changing technology, ii) a means-tested grant program that provides an incentive for households to switch technologies, iii) or both?

Item ID: 61116
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2020 02:40
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960601 Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection @ 50%
91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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