Residential Electricity Pricing in China

Qiaoyuan Lin, Marian Rizov, Marie Wong

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This article evaluates the new residential pricing system for electricity in China by examining price and income elasticity of demand by household type. We used pre-reform annual panel data for 29 provinces from 1998 to 2011, applying
feasible generalized least squares models. The price and income elasticities for household sectors are –0.412, and 1.476 at the national level, –0.300 and 1.550 in urban areas, and –0.522 and 1.093 in rural areas. With regional effects, the price
and income elasticities are –0.146 and 1.286 for urban households in coastal provinces and –0.772 and 1.259 for urban households in inland provinces. The empirical results reveal that there is important heterogeneity in the responsiveness
to electricity price changes by household income level and location.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41–74
Number of pages34
JournalThe Chinese Economy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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