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Household Income Structure and Electrical Appliance Ownership: Evidence from Japanese National Household Survey

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  • Shigeru Matsumoto

    (Department of Economics, Aoyama Gakuin University, Room 828 Building 8, 4-4-25 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8366, Japan, Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Campus de Bellaterra, 08193 Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain)

Abstract

Earlier research examined how total household income determines appliance ownership. However, this study uses micro data from the Japanese National Survey of Family Income and Expenditure to examine how income structure and wealth determine the number of appliances in a household. Household income structure does affect appliance ownership: Though non-labor income lowers the likelihood of dishwasher ownership, labor income raises it. Wives’ incomes and non-labor income increase the number of televisions while a husband’s income decreases it. Appliance ownership is predominantly determined by housing conditions. Households owning a detached house have more appliances, though more frequently install solar water heaters.

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  • Shigeru Matsumoto, 2016. "Household Income Structure and Electrical Appliance Ownership: Evidence from Japanese National Household Survey," International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, Econjournals, vol. 6(1), pages 14-19.
  • Handle: RePEc:eco:journ2:2016-01-03
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    Keywords

    Appliance Ownership; Household Income Structure; Micro Data;

    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • Q41 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Demand and Supply; Prices

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