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Unobservables in Consumer Choice: Residential Energy and the Demand for Comfort

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  • Quigley, John M
  • Rubinfeld, Daniel L

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A model of consumption of residential energy in dwellings is developed, distinguishing between attributes of housing that provide direct benefits to consumers and attributes that serve as inputs in the production of final goods, for example, the thermal comfort of dwellings. Empirical estimates are made of the mode, based upon the Annual Housing Survey, and the results are used to calculate the effects of changes in energy prices on the consumption of housing, residential energy, and other goods. The analysis suggests that the adjustment process within the housing market permits a great deal of substitution in response to energy price changes. Copyright 1989 by MIT Press.

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Review of Economics & Statistics.

Volume (Year): 71 (1989)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
Pages: 416-25

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Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:71:y:1989:i:3:p:416-25

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  1. Anna Alberini & Gans Will & Daniel Lopez-Velez, 2010. "Residential Consumption of Gas and Electricity in the U.S.: The Role of Prices and Income," CEPE Working paper series 10-77, CEPE Center for Energy Policy and Economics, ETH Zurich.
  2. Peter Grosche & Colin Vance, 2009. "Willingness to Pay for Energy Conservation and Free-Ridership on Subsidization: Evidence from Germany," The Energy Journal, International Association for Energy Economics, vol. 0(Number 2), pages 135-154.
  3. Wietschel, M. & Fichtner, W. & Rentz, O., 1997. "Integration of price-depending demand reactions in an optimising energy emission model for the development of CO2-mitigation strategies," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 102(3), pages 432-444, November.
  4. Garrett, Vicki & Koontz, Tomas M., 2008. "Breaking the cycle: Producer and consumer perspectives on the non-adoption of passive solar housing in the US," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(4), pages 1551-1566, April.
  5. Philippe Cyrenne & Robert Fenton & Joseph Warbanski, 2006. "Historic Buildings and Rehabilitation Expenditures: A Panel Data Approach," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 28(4), pages 349-380.

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