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Evidence of an "Energy-Management Gap" in U.S. manufacturing: Spillovers from firm management practices to energy efficiency

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Boyd, GA; Curtis, EM
Published in: Journal of Environmental Economics and Management
November 1, 2014

In this paper we merge a well-cited survey of firm management practices into confidential plant level U.S. Census manufacturing data to examine whether generic, i.e. non-energy specific, firm management practices, "spillover" to enhance energy efficiency in the United States. For U.S. manufacturing plants we find this relationship to be more nuanced than prior research on UK plants. Most management techniques are shown to 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 finds the relationship between management and energy use to be strongest 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.

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Journal of Environmental Economics and Management

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EISSN

1096-0449

ISSN

0095-0696

Publication Date

November 1, 2014

Volume

68

Issue

3

Start / End Page

463 / 479

Related Subject Headings

  • Agricultural Economics & Policy
  • 1402 Applied Economics
  • 1401 Economic Theory
  • 0502 Environmental Science and Management
 

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Boyd, G. A., & Curtis, E. M. (2014). Evidence of an "Energy-Management Gap" in U.S. manufacturing: Spillovers from firm management practices to energy efficiency. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 68(3), 463–479. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2014.09.004
Boyd, G. A., and E. M. Curtis. “Evidence of an "Energy-Management Gap" in U.S. manufacturing: Spillovers from firm management practices to energy efficiency.” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 68, no. 3 (November 1, 2014): 463–79. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2014.09.004.
Boyd GA, Curtis EM. Evidence of an "Energy-Management Gap" in U.S. manufacturing: Spillovers from firm management practices to energy efficiency. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. 2014 Nov 1;68(3):463–79.
Boyd, G. A., and E. M. Curtis. “Evidence of an "Energy-Management Gap" in U.S. manufacturing: Spillovers from firm management practices to energy efficiency.” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, vol. 68, no. 3, Nov. 2014, pp. 463–79. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.jeem.2014.09.004.
Boyd GA, Curtis EM. Evidence of an "Energy-Management Gap" in U.S. manufacturing: Spillovers from firm management practices to energy efficiency. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. 2014 Nov 1;68(3):463–479.
Journal cover image

Published In

Journal of Environmental Economics and Management

DOI

EISSN

1096-0449

ISSN

0095-0696

Publication Date

November 1, 2014

Volume

68

Issue

3

Start / End Page

463 / 479

Related Subject Headings

  • Agricultural Economics & Policy
  • 1402 Applied Economics
  • 1401 Economic Theory
  • 0502 Environmental Science and Management