In December 2010, Iran introduced an ambitious energy subsidy reform that combined large price increases for fuel with generous cash transfers. This column explains the key lesson: that despite severe flaws in the programme’s implementation, it is possible to reduce the distortions caused by cheap energy and offer citizens a minimum basic income that is not excessively harmful to work incentives.
Djavad Salehi-IsfahaniVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Djavad Salehi-Isfahani is Professor of Economics at Virginia Tech. His research focuses on topics related to Development Economics, Labor Economics and Economics of Energy. He received his PhD. in Economics from Harvard University. He is an ERF Research Fellow.