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Does Extending Daylight Saving Time Save Energy? Evidence from an Australian Experiment


Ryan Kellogg


University of California, Berkeley

Hendrik Wolff


University of Washington - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

March 2007

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2704

Abstract:     
Several countries are considering extending Daylight Saving Time (DST) in order to conserve energy, and the U.S. will extend DST by one month beginning in 2007. However, projections that these extensions will reduce electricity consumption rely on extrapolations and simulations rather than empirical evidence. This paper, in contrast, examines a quasi-experiment in which parts of Australia extended DST in 2000 to facilitate the Sydney Olympics. Using detailed panel data and a triple differences specification, we show that the extension did not conserve electricity, and that a prominent simulation model overstates electricity savings when it is applied to Australia.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 48

Keywords: public economics, daylight saving time, energy

JEL Classification: Q48, C21

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Date posted: April 21, 2007  

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Kellogg, Ryan and Wolff, Hendrik, Does Extending Daylight Saving Time Save Energy? Evidence from an Australian Experiment (March 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2704. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=981688

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Ryan Kellogg
University of California, Berkeley ( email )
310 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
HOME PAGE: http://are.berkeley.edu/~kellogg/index.html
Hendrik Wolff (Contact Author)
University of Washington - Department of Economics
Box 353330
Seattle, WA 98195-3330
United States
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
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