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Impact of Ageing and Generational Effects on Household Energy Consumption Behavior: Evidence from Pakistan

Misbah Aslam () and Eatzaz Ahmad ()
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Misbah Aslam: School of Economics, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan
Eatzaz Ahmad: School of Economics, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan

Energies, 2018, vol. 11, issue 8, 1-20

Abstract: Demographic shift is a worldwide phenomenon, which is mainly common among industrialized nations. However, in the age of fast technology transfer and globalization policy makers cannot undervalue population aging in developing countries, like Pakistan. The relationship between population aging, combined with joint family system, and energy demand has gained importance in Pakistan during the recent times. On the basis of a detailed analysis of micro data spanning over period of 16 years, this study explores the role of generational behavior towards energy consumption, while considering the effects of cohort and age, along with other determinants of energy demand. The decomposition of energy consumption exhibits significant differences in cohort and age effects. The study concludes that, in addition to aging effects, policy makers cannot ignore the recent generation’s trends of spending increasingly more on energy than previous generations.

Keywords: ageing effects; cohort effects; generational effects; household energy consumption; energy demand; Pakistan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q4 Q40 Q41 Q42 Q43 Q47 Q48 Q49 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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