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Heterogeneity in the Rebound Effect: Further Evidence for Germany


Manuel Frondel


Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI)

Nolan Ritter


Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen)

Colin Vance


Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen)

November 27, 2010

USAEE-IAEE Working Paper No. 10-059

Abstract:     
Rebound effects measure the behaviorally induced offset in the reduction of energy consumption following efficiency improvements. Using both panel estimation and quantile-regression methods on household travel diary data collected in Germany between 1997 and 2009, this study investigates the heterogeneity of the rebound effect in private transport. With the average rebound effect being in the range of 57% to 62%, our results are in line with a recent German study by Frondel, Peterss, and Vance (2008), but are substantially larger than those obtained from other studies. Furthermore, our quantile-regression results indicate that the magnitude of estimated fuel price elasticities – from which rebound effects can be derived – depends inversely on the household’s driving intensity: Households with low vehicle mileage exhibit fuel price elasticities, and hence rebound effects, that are significantly larger than those for households with high vehicle mileage.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: Automobile Travel, Panel Models, Quantile Regression

JEL Classification: D13, D41

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Date posted: November 27, 2010  

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Frondel, Manuel and Ritter, Nolan and Vance, Colin, Heterogeneity in the Rebound Effect: Further Evidence for Germany (November 27, 2010). USAEE-IAEE Working Paper No. 10-059. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1715904 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1715904

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Manuel Frondel (Contact Author)
Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI) ( email )
Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
45128 Essen
Germany
Nolan Ritter
Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen) ( email )
Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
Essen, 45128
Germany
Colin Vance
Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen) ( email )
Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
Essen, 45128
Germany
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