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Is there a ‘heat-or-eat’ trade-off in the UK?

Beatty, TKM, Blow, LE and Crossley, TF (2014) Is there a ‘heat-or-eat’ trade-off in the UK? Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 177 (1). pp. 281-294.

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Do households cut back on food spending to finance the additional cost of keeping warm during spells of unseasonably cold weather? For households which cannot smooth consumption over time, we describe how cold weather shocks are equivalent to income shocks. We merge detailed household level expenditure data from older households with historical regional weather information. We find evidence that the poorest of older households cannot smooth fuel spending over the worst temperature shocks. Statistically significant reductions in food spending occur in response to winter temperatures 2 or more standard deviations colder than expected, which occur about 1 winter month in 40; reductions in food expenditure are considerably larger in poorer households.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Economics
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Beatty, TKM
Crossley, TF
Date : January 2014
DOI : 10.1111/rssa.12013
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2013 Royal Statistical Society
Uncontrolled Keywords : Cold weather, Heat or eat, Poverty
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:38
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 15:09

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