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dc.contributor.authorFry, Jane-
dc.contributor.authorFarrell, Lisa-
dc.contributor.authorTemple, Jeromey-
dc.identifier.isbnISSN 0140-9883en
dc.description.abstractIn many countries population ageing will increase the share of retirees in the coming years. Energy poverty is a particular problem for older people (due to fixed and often relatively low incomes and the need for additional energy due to underlying health conditions). This can have cost implications for the healthcare sector if the health of older people deteriorates due to energy poverty. The burden of population ageing and the increasing dependency ratio has meant the government is moving towards individuals funding their own retirement via compulsory superannuation schemes. Our study is based in Australia where there is a difference in retirement income sources between publicly funded Age Pensioners, Part-pensioners and Self-Funded Retirees leading to differences in energy poverty beyond income effects. Using 15 annual waves of the HILDA survey from 2005 to 2019, this study investigates drivers of energy poverty inequalities among retirees. Our main finding is that Age Pensioners are the worst off and Self-Funded Retirees the best off on a Low Income–High Cost measure of energy poverty and on a subjective indicator of inability to heat the home. Therefore, not all retirees have the same probability of experiencing energy poverty. However, wealth, assets, social connections and good health are significant mediators that soften the impact of subjective concerns regarding energy bills for retirees. Government-funded pensions are a safety net and need to be sufficient in times of energy price inflation. Moreover, we need to reduce the gap between state-funded pensions and self-funding arrangements to ensure equity in elderly populations.en
dc.titleEnergy poverty and retirement income sources in Australiaen
dc.typeJournal Articlesen
local.contributor.institutionUniversity of Melbourneen
local.contributor.institutionSchool of Economics, Finance & Marketing, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australiaen
local.contributor.institutionMelbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australiaen
dc.description.keywordsEnergy povertyen
dc.title.bookEnergy Economicsen
dc.subject.dssHealth and wellbeingen
dc.subject.dssIncome, wealth and financesen
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