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dc.contributor.authorBrutscher, Philipp-Bastianen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-20T11:45:45Z
dc.date.available2012-04-20T11:45:45Z
dc.date.issued2012-03-21en_GB
dc.identifier.otherCWPE1214
dc.identifier.otherEPRG 1207
dc.identifier.urihttp://www.dspace.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/242214
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/242214
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, we revisit the problem of self-disconnection among prepayment energy customers. Using metering data from 2.3 million electricity pre-payment customers, we study how often households with an electricity pre-payment meter tend to self-disconnect over the course of a year - and why they do so. What we find is that, in any given year, the majority of households (ca. 78%) do not self-disconnect; ca. 12% self-disconnect once; ca. 3% self disconnect more often than four times. We also find that most self disconnections (ca. 62%) last for less than one day; between 72% and 82% last for less than two days; 12%-18% last for more than 3 days. As for the main driver of self-disconnection, we identify financial constraints. This suggests that it is likely to be difficult/expensive to reduce the total number of self-disconnections. In the last part of the paper, we argue, however, that it may (still) be possible to reduce the negative impact of self-disconnection in a relatively inexpensive way - at least to some extent - by helping households to better smooth their self disconnections over the course of a year.en_GB
dc.publisherFaculty of Economics
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCambridge Working Papers in Economics
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEPRG Working Paper
dc.rightsAll Rights Reserveden
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dc.subjectPre-paymenten_GB
dc.subjectSelf-Disconnectionen_GB
dc.subjectCommitment Deviceen_GB
dc.subjectSelf Controlen_GB
dc.subjectFuel Povertyen_GB
dc.titleSelf-Disconnection Among Pre-Payment Customers - A Behavioural Analysisen_GB
dc.typeWorking Paperen_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.5585
dc.identifier.urlhttp://www.econ.cam.ac.uk/dae/repec/cam/pdf/cwpe1214.pdf


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