Is The Grass Really Greener On The Other Side?
I investigate whether households face reduced access to energy efficient goods in low income, high minority, or polluted neighborhoods. Using data from over 27,000 zip codes, I uncover empirical regularities in access to three categories of Energy Star goods: light bulbs, electronics, and appliances. I find (1) lower income neighborhoods experience reduced access to Energy Star goods; (2) racially diverse areas have less access to energy efficient light bulbs but greater access to energy efficient electronics; and (3) more polluted areas are not at a disadvantage in accessing Energy Star products. This is the first study examining this issue.
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