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Peer Review Status: Unrefereed
Title: 'Rebound' effects from increased energy efficiency: a time to pause and reflect
Author(s): Turner, Karen
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Citation: Turner K (2012) 'Rebound' effects from increased energy efficiency: a time to pause and reflect. Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2012-15.
Keywords: Energy efficiency
Energy demand
Energy supply
JEL Code(s): Q01: Sustainable Development
Q40: Energy: General
Q41: Energy: Demand and Supply; Prices
Q43: Energy and the Macroeconomy
Issue Date: 31-Jul-2012
Date Deposited: 7-Sep-2012
Publisher: Stirling Management School
Series/Report no.: Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2012-15
Abstract: The phenomenon of rebound effects has sparked considerable academic, policy and press debate over the effectiveness of energy efficiency policy in recent years. There has been a huge surge in empirical studies claiming rebound effects of hugely varying magnitudes. The contention of this paper is that the lack of consensus in the literature is grounded in a rush to empirical estimation in the absence of solid analytical foundations. Focus on measuring a single 'rebound' measure has led to a neglect of detail on precisely what type of change in energy use is considered in any one study and on the range of mechanisms governing the economy-wide response. This paper attempts to bring a reflective pause to the development of the rebound literature, with a view to identifying the key issues that policymakers need to understand and analysts need to focus their attention on.
Type: Working Paper
Affiliation: Economics

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