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Coping with the Cold: Heating Strategies for Eastern Europe and Central Asia's Urban Poor


Heating is a critical issue for people's livelihoods in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The region's cold climate, the legacy of central planning, and the drop in household incomes over the past 10 years influence profoundly the design of heating strategies for the urban poor. This paper provides new insights into how much energy people demand for heating and how much they pay for it and makes recommendations on how to design policies and investments that enable all people (poor and nonpoor) to access clean, affordable heating.