Title: Water affordability issues in developed countries – The relevance of micro approaches
Authors: Martins, Rita 
Quintal, Carlota 
Cruz, Luís 
Barata, Eduardo 
Keywords: Water affordability; Economic regulation; Micro data
Issue Date: Dec-2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: In developed countries, water affordability issues are regarded as a non-significant problem. This paper analyses the prevalence of affordability problems at household level and the determinants that might affect their occurrence. From a questionnaire-based survey, Portuguese household level data are used to show that average measures can mask affordability issues for substantial proportions of the low income groups. Findings also indicate that to tackle affordability problems more successfully, special tariff schemes should consider household income, size (large families) and composition (children in poorer households).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/48299
ISSN: 0957-1787
DOI: 10.1016/j.jup.2016.04.012
Rights: embargoedAccess
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