increasing block pricing

Price Perception and Electricity Demand with Nonlinear Tariffs

Increasing block tariffs for electricity and water provide a subsidy for low users and a conservation incentive for high users. However, their effectiveness may depend on both how well consumers understand the nonlinear structure and how attentive …

Efficiency and Equity Effects of Electricity Metering

Many households lack meters to measure their electricity or water consumption. I show that provision of electricity meters leads to a large reduction in electricity consumption over the first four months following meter installation. This is …

Infrastructure Quality and the Subsidy Trap

Electricity and water are often subsidized in developing countries to increase their affordability for low-income households. Ideally, such subsidies would create sufficient demand in poor neighborhoods to encourage private investment in their …

Reliability, Appliance Choice, and Electricity Demand

I estimate a model of the household demand for electricity that includes both the short-run consumption decision and the long-run choice of the appliances that the household owns. I use a discrete factor approximation for the correlation between the …