Regional patterns of U.S. household carbon emissions

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Market-based policies to address fossil fuel-related externalities including climate change typically operate by raising the price of those fuels. Increases in energy prices have important consequences for a typical U. S. household that spent almost $4,000 per year on electricity, fuel oil, natural gas, and gasoline in 2005. A key question for policymakers is how these consequences vary over different regions and subpopulations across the country-especially as adjustment and compensation programs are designed to protect more vulnerable regions. To answer this question, we use non-publicly available data from the U. S. Consumer Expenditure Survey over the period 1984-2000 to estimate long-run geographic variation in household use of electricity, fuel oil, natural gas, and gasoline, as well as the associated incidence of a $10 per ton tax on carbon dioxide (ignoring behavioral response). We find substantial variation: incidence from the tax range from $97 dollars per year per household in New York County, New York to $235 per year per household in Tensas Parish, Louisiana. This variation can be explained by differences in energy use, carbon intensity of electricity generation, and electricity regulation. © Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2009.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pizer, W; Sanchirico, JN; Batz, M

Published Date

  • February 1, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 99 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 47 - 63

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0165-0009

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10584-009-9637-8

Citation Source

  • Scopus