Thu, Apr 22


Virtual Seminar

Sarah Johnston, University of Wisconsin, Madison

"Sweating the energy bill: Extreme weather, poor households, and the energy spending gap"

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Sarah Johnston, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Time & Location

Apr 22, 2021, 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM EDT

Virtual Seminar

About the Event

We estimate the relationship between temperature and energy spending for both low and higher-income US households. We find both groups respond similarly (in percentage terms) to moderate temperatures, but low-income households' energy spending is half as responsive to extreme temperatures. Consistent with low-income households cutting back on necessities to afford their energy bills, we find similar disparities in the food spending response to extreme temperature. These results suggest adaptation to extreme weather, such as air conditioning use, is prohibitively costly for households experiencing poverty.


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