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Residential energy expenditures and the relevance of changes in household circumstances

Longhi, S. (2015) Residential energy expenditures and the relevance of changes in household circumstances. Energy Economics, 49. pp. 440-450. ISSN 0140-9883

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.eneco.2015.03.018

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This paper analyses the impact that dwelling characteristics and characteristics and behaviours of household members have on per capita energy expenditures. It also analyses whether changes in household socio-economic circumstances translate in changes in energy expenditures. Socio-economic characteristics have a moderate impact, while dwelling characteristics and especially household size have much larger impacts. The largest changes in energy expenditures are due to changes in household size. The recent socio-demographic trends will make it harder to design policies to effectively reduce the carbon footprint of a country, while policies influencing cohabitation and family size may have positive indirect effects.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:No Reading authors. Back catalogue items
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Economics
ID Code:66758
Publisher:Elsevier

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