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Analyzing Rebound Effects

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  • Ronald Schettkat

    (Schumpeter School of Business and Economics, University of Wuppertal)

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Are efficiency improvements in the use of natural resources the key for sustainable development, are they the solution to environmental problems, or will second round effects –so-called rebound effects- compensate or even overcompensate potential savings, will they fire back? The answer to this question will have fundamental policy implications but the research on rebound effects does not provide clear results. This paper aims to clarify the theoretical basis of various analytical approaches which lead to widely different estimates of rebound effects.

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Paper provided by Universitätsbibliothek Wuppertal, University Library in its series Schumpeter Discussion Papers with number sdp09002.

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Date of creation: Jan 2009
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Handle: RePEc:bwu:schdps:sdp09002

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Keywords: Agriculture; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Primary Products; Technological Change; Choices and Consequences; Sustainable Development; Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation; Demand and Supply; Energy; Demand and Supply; Environmental Economics; Technological Innovation;

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  1. Franziska Wolff & Norma Schönherr, 2011. "The Impact Evaluation of Sustainable Consumption Policy Instruments," Journal of Consumer Policy, Springer, vol. 34(1), pages 43-66, March.

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