Autor: Ibañez Martín María María*, González Fernando Antonio**

Institución: *UNS-IIESS (UNS-CONICET), **Universidad Nacional de Misiones

Año: 2023

JEL: D31, H22


Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the most unequal regions in the world, with high levels of poverty and reduced state capacity to solve structural problems. In this paper, we examined the existence of a ß-convergence process between countries (i.e., reduction of disparities) in terms of energy poverty indicators. For this, we constructed an annual panel of countries for the last six decades and for thirteen energy poverty indicators covering three dimensions (access, quality, and affordability). The results indicate that, even though substantial differences persist, a convergence process has taken place between countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, which includes all the dimensions analysed. Context-specific recommendations that emerge from the findings aim at promoting greater adoption of renewable energy, reducing delays in obtaining an electricity connection, and cutting subsidies for natural gas and oil.