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dc.contributor.authorGawel, Eriken_US
dc.contributor.authorBretschneider, Wolfgangen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-01en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-09T15:34:07Z-
dc.date.available2011-12-09T15:34:07Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/52714-
dc.description.abstractUnlike in developing countries, there tends to be no problem of access to water, electricity, and heating for private households in transition countries. However, transition countries have a considerable amount of low-income households, and the problem of affordability of these environmental-related utility services remains urgent. Welfare economics literature suggests to neglect affordability aspects by separating allocative from distributive impacts of pricing. In practice, this separation runs the risk of rendering impossible any sustainability-oriented price reform. An Institutional Economics approach takes competing objectives into account. From this viewpoint it appears to be worth investigating the affordability-concept. Although the affordability-related research has escalated remarkably in recent years, the theoretical contributions are still limited. Hence, we focus on the simple ratio measure often used in practice. We analyze the arguments speaking for the 'potential affordability approach'. But we find that - within that approach - adhering formally to the ratio measure is possible only under conditions that make no sense regarding the concern of the measure. Thus for most cases the ratio measure is misleading. Some considerations on practical use for governance conclude the paper.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherLeibniz-Institut für Agrarentwicklung in Mittel- und Osteuropa (IAMO) Halle (Saale)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIAMO Forum 2010, Halle (Saale), June 16 – 18, 2010: Institutions in Transition - Challenges for New Modes of Governanceen_US
dc.subject.jelD11en_US
dc.subject.jelH41en_US
dc.subject.jelL97en_US
dc.subject.jelO15en_US
dc.subject.jelQ56en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordAffordabilityen_US
dc.subject.keywordTransition Countriesen_US
dc.subject.keywordUtility Servicesen_US
dc.titleInvestigating affordability problems of utility services - a theoretical study on the ratio measureen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn675947286en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
dc.identifier.repecRePEc:zbw:iamo10:52714-
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