In this paper, we estimate the impact of the Winter Energy Payment on a range of outcomes.
We found the Winter Energy Payment had a weakly positive effect for recipients.
Our estimates suggest that during the winter months recipients spent more on energy, required less hardship assistance, and experienced improvements in some health and wellbeing outcomes. However, only a few of these estimated effects were statistically significant.
Dean Hyslop, Riggs, L, Maré, D. 2022. “The impact of the 2018 Families Package Winter Energy Payment policy". Motu Working Paper 22-09. Motu Economic and Public Policy Research. Wellington, New Zealand.