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Changes in the energy cost of goods and services of the Japanese economy

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  • Xiaoli Han

    (Advanced Management Technology, 1250 Maryland Ave. SW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20024, USA (Tel.:)

  • T. R. Lakshmanan

    (Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, US Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW, Washington, DC 20590, USA (Tel.:)

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    This paper analyzes changes in the energy cost of goods and service production in the Japanese economy in the decade 1975-85. It develops an input-output scheme which explicitly and exhaustively decomposes changes in a sector`s embodied energy intensity into three causative components: the effect of changes in direct energy efficiency, the effect of fuel substitution, and the effect of changes in non-energy inputs. The application of this model to the Japanese experience found that during the 1975-85 period Japan`s energy conservation efforts moved from an initial emphasis on improving direct energy input efficiency towards a stage of reducing the indirect energy requirements by shifting away from energy intensive inputs. Chemical sectors and metal product sectors led in energy cost reduction in the Japanese economy.

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    Article provided by Springer & Western Regional Science Association in its journal The Annals of Regional Science.

    Volume (Year): 29 (1995)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 277-302

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:29:y:1995:i:3:p:277-302
    Note: Received: March 1994 / Accepted: March 1995
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