Evidence of an 'Energy-Management Gap' in U.S. Manufacturing: Spillovers from Firm Management Practices to Energy Efficiency

36 Pages Posted: 3 May 2013

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Gale A. Boyd

Duke University - Department of Economics

E. Mark Curtis

Wake Forest University - Department of Economics

Date Written: April 1, 2013

Abstract

In this paper we merge a well-cited survey of firm management practices into confidential U.S. Census microdata to examine whether generic, i.e. non-energy specific, firm management practices, "spillover” to enhance energy efficiency in the United States. We find the relationship in U.S. plants to be more nuanced than past research on UK plants has suggested. Most management techniques have beneficial spillovers to energy efficiency, but an emphasis on generic targets, conditional on other management practices, results in spillovers that increase energy intensity. Our specification controls for industry specific effects at a detailed 6-digit NAICS level and shows that this result is stronger for firms in energy intensive industries. We interpret the empirical result that generic management practices do not necessarily spillover to improved energy performance as evidence of an “energy management gap.”

Suggested Citation

Boyd, Gale A. and Curtis, E. Mark, Evidence of an 'Energy-Management Gap' in U.S. Manufacturing: Spillovers from Firm Management Practices to Energy Efficiency (April 1, 2013). US Census Bureau Center for Economic Studies Paper No. CES-WP-13-25. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2259878 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2259878

Gale A. Boyd (Contact Author)

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E. Mark Curtis

Wake Forest University - Department of Economics ( email )

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