Liquidity Constraints and High Electricity Use

P. Brutscher
It is a well established fact that electricity use increases with income. What is less well known is that - despite the positive correlation between electricity use and income - a significant portion of low-income households consume very large amounts of electricity. In this paper, we make a first step towards better understanding this phenomenon. Specifically, we test the hypothesis that the high electricity use is driven by the fact that low-income households find it...
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