Empirical essays on energy expenditures, fuel poverty, and health [Elektronische Ressource] / vorgelegt von Helena Meier
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Empirical Essays on Energy Expenditures,
Fuel Poverty, and Health
Dissertation
Zur Erlangung der Wurde des Doktors der
Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften
des Fachbereichs Volkswirtschaftlehre
der Universit at Hamburg
vorgelegt von
Helena Meier
aus Geseke
Hamburg, Dezember 2010Mitglieder der Promotionskomission
Vorsitzende: Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Allgoewer
Erstgutachter: Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Pf ahler
Zweitgutachter: Prof. Dr. Gert Brunekreeft
Datum der Disputation: 16. Dezember 2010.To my parents.Preface
This cumulative thesis consists of four empirical papers on energy spending of households
in Great Britain. The rst paper Determinants of Residential Space Heating Expenditures
in Great Britain, joint work with Katrin Rehdanz, is published in Energy Economics
32(5). I presented the paper at the ‘3rd International Symposium on Environment’at
the Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece, in May 2008, at the
‘International Energy Workshop’ of the International Energy Agency in Paris, France in
June 2008 as well as at the 1st Workshop on ‘Empirical Methods in Energy Economics’
at the Eidgen ossische Technische Hochschule Zuric h, Switzerland in August 2008.
The second paperHouseholdEnergyExpenditureandIncomeGroups: EvidencefromGreat
Britain, joint work with Tooraj Jamasb, is currently published as Cambridge Working
Papers in Economics CWPE 1011 / Electricity Policy Research Group Working Paper
EPRG 1003, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge. The work was presented and
discussed during a Monday Seminar at the Electricity Policy Research Group (EPRG),
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom in April 2009. In addition to the ‘10th IAEE
European Conference’, International Association of Energy Economics in Vienna, Austria
in September 2009, it was also presented during a Doctoral seminar at the University of
Hamburg, Germany in January 2010 and at the 3rd Workshop on ‘Empirical Methods in
Energy Economics’ at the University of Surrey, United Kingdom in June 2010.
The third paper Energy Spending and Vulnerable Households has been written together
with Tooraj Jamasb. A version of the paper will be published in Jamasb, T. and Pollitt,
M., Eds. (2011), Electricity and Heat Demand in a Low-Carbon World: Customers,
Citizens and Loads, Cambridge University Press. The work was presented at the ‘Supergen
Book Workshop’, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, United Kingdom in September 2009
as well as at the ‘Young Energy Engineers & Economists Seminar’ (YEEES), Electricity
Policy Research Group, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom in April 2010.
The most recent paper Health Satisfaction and Energy Spending was presented during
a seminar session at the Department of Economics, University of Oviedo, Spain in July
2010 and a version is currently published as Cambridge Working Papers in Economics
CWPE 1053 / Electricity Policy Research Group Working Paper EPRG 1028, Faculty of
Economics, University of Cambridge.Acknowledgements
The realisation of this thesis would not have been possible without the support and bene t
from di erent people. First of all I would like to thank my supervisor Wilhelm Pf ahler
for his support and encouragement for my research, his guidance and all the freedom I
experienced during my PhD. Katrin Rehdanz helped me in concreting my ideas and to
learn how to enjoy doing research - I am grateful to her being my co-author and encouraging
me on my way. Tooraj Jamasb invited me to Cambridge, to join the Electricity Policy
Research Group (EPRG) at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge. I am
indebted to him for all the discussions and for being a co-author. His comments and
con dence have been invaluable. During my ve months stay in Cambridge I experienced
how a perfectly organised research group works. I would like to thank the EPRG group
at the University of Cambridge for great discussions, help and comments as well as for a
great time during my stay. Further, I would like to thank the Department of Economics
at the University of Hamburg and in particular Elisabeth Allgoewer for enabling me to
realise my research visit. I am also indebted to all my colleagues. Special thanks also go
to Aoife Brophy Haney, Johannes Bruder, Gert Brunekreeft, Neil Casey, Johannes Ebert,
Max Grenz, Tim Laing, Michaela Olschl ager, Luis Orea, Evelyn Schaefer, Susi St ormer
and Ulrich Woermann.
My friends and family have shown all the patience with me and I am particularly grateful
for all the enjoyable time we spent together during my PhD. Special thanks to Marie
C. Selge, Gabriele Hildenhagen, Nils Meier and my parents. Christian Growitsch, Benno
Meier and Daniel T andler, thank you so much for your con dence and advice.We are not just interested in carbon.
David Newbery.