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The Cost of Power Outages in the Business and Public Sectors in Israel: Revealed Preference vs. Subjective Valuation


  • Michael Beenstock
  • Ephraim Goldin
  • Yoel Haitovsky


Cross-section data on investment in back-up generators and uninterruptable power supplies (UPS) are used to infer the implied cost of electricity outages in the business and public sectors in Israel. Two-limit tobit models of the demand for back-up are estimated and used to simulate the mitigated and unmitigated cost of power outages. These "revealed preference estimates of outage costs are then compared with estimates based on the method of subjective evaluation.

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  • Michael Beenstock & Ephraim Goldin & Yoel Haitovsky, 1997. "The Cost of Power Outages in the Business and Public Sectors in Israel: Revealed Preference vs. Subjective Valuation," The Energy Journal, International Association for Energy Economics, vol. 0(Number 2), pages 39-61.
  • Handle: RePEc:aen:journl:1997v18-02-a03

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