Residential energy expenditures and the relevance of changes in household circumstances

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Journal Article

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Energy Economics


Simonetta Longhi

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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

Volume and page numbers

49, 440-450





Environmental Sociology, Social Change and Households


Open Access article; Open Access funded by Economic and Social Research Council; Under a Creative Commons license

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