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Household Lifestyles: Ideas for a Research Program

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  • Faye Duchin

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    (Department of Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY 12180-3590, USA)

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A classification scheme for household lifestyles, and another for the activities of which they are comprised, are described as a necessary starting point for the analysis of the environmental impact of changes in household consumption. A household's lifestyle is defined by how it carries out the activities, and households with similar lifestyles are grouped together. Exploratory analysis will be needed to define and name alternative ways of carrying out individual activities and alternative lifestyles. The resulting information can be accommodated in a social accounting matrix and different assumptions analyzed using an economic model of production and consumption. The approach to defining lifestyles and analyzing the impact of changes in lifestyles is readily generalized to the global scale.

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Paper provided by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Economics in its series Rensselaer Working Papers in Economics with number 0310.

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  1. Duarte, Rosa & Mainar, Alfredo & Sánchez-Chóliz, Julio, 2010. "The impact of household consumption patterns on emissions in Spain," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(1), pages 176-185, January.
  2. Lining He & Faye Duchin, 2009. "Regional Development In China: Interregional Transportation Infrastructure And Regional Comparative Advantage," Economic Systems Research, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 21(1), pages 3-22.

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