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dc.contributor.advisorChairperson, Graduate Committee: Douglas J. Young.en
dc.contributor.authorForrestal, James Michaelen
dc.description.abstractIncreases in electricity prices have caused many states to consider adopting an increasing block rate "lifeline" structure. Proponents argue that a lifeline rate structure provides low income households with a basic amount of electricity at a reasonable price, and encourages all consumers to conserve electricity. This thesis developed a framework to analyze the welfare effects of adopting a lifeline rate structure for the state of Montana. The properties of a linear demand system, expenditure function, and compensated demand function are developed in detail. A method for calculating compensating variation from this demand system is applied to a utility model with a kinked budget constraint. Using this method it is determined that the proposed rate structure would not be beneficial to low income households of the state of Montana.en
dc.publisherMontana State University - Bozeman, College of Agricultureen
dc.subject.lcshElectric utilities--Ratesen
dc.subject.lcshElectric power consumptionen
dc.titleWelfare study of lifeline electricity ratesen
dc.rights.holderCopyright 1989 by James Michael Forrestalen
thesis.catalog.ckey267147en Economics & Economics.en
mus.relation.departmentAgricultural Economics & Economics.en_US

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