Ukraine Gas Pricing Policy: Distributional Consequences of Tariff Increases

 
Author/Editor: Mitra, Pritha ; Atoyan, Ruben
 
Publication Date: October 15, 2012
 
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Summary: Ukraine’s gas pricing policy subsidizes gas and heating for all households. As the cost of imported gas rises, this policy increasingly weighs on government finances, sustains energy over-consumption, dampens investment in delivery systems, and undermines incentives for domestic production. However, gas price hikes have been deferred to the medium-term as they are politically unpopular. Through estimation of household demand functions by income quintiles to evaluate the distributional consequences of tarrif reform, this paper finds that tariff reforms combined with targeted social support can address the economic inefficiencies of the current pricing policy without large welfare costs to the lower income segments of the population.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 12/247
Subject(s): Natural gas | Demand | Consumption | Tariffs | Pricing policy | Economic models | Ukraine

 
English
Publication Date: October 15, 2012
ISBN/ISSN: 9781475512878/2227-8885 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2012247 Pages: 24
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