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Regional Evidence regarding U.S. Residential Electricity Consumption

Contreras, Sergio and Smith, Wm. Doyle and Roth, Timothy P. and Fullerton, Thomas M., Jr. (2009): Regional Evidence regarding U.S. Residential Electricity Consumption. Published in: Empirical Economics Letters , Vol. 8, No. 9 : pp. 827-832.


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Regional economic, demographic, and climatic data are used to analyze residential electricity demand in the United States. Results indicate that electricity is an inferior good for households in the United States. This confirms earlier research compiled using data for less geographically extensive regional and metropolitan markets. The results imply that demographic growth may place fewer pressures on electricity generation capacity than was previously assumed.

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