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Is The Grass Really Greener On The Other Side?


  • Linda T.M. Bui

    () (Economics Department, Brandeis University)


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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  • Linda T.M. Bui, 2014. "Is The Grass Really Greener On The Other Side?," Working Papers 66, Brandeis University, Department of Economics and International Businesss School.
  • Handle: RePEc:brd:wpaper:66

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