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Household Lifestyles: Ideas for a Research Program

Faye Duchin

Rensselaer Working Papers in Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Economics

Abstract: A classification scheme for household lifestyles, and another for the activities of which they are comprised, are described as a necessary starting point for the analysis of the environmental impact of changes in household consumption. A household's lifestyle is defined by how it carries out the activities, and households with similar lifestyles are grouped together. Exploratory analysis will be needed to define and name alternative ways of carrying out individual activities and alternative lifestyles. The resulting information can be accommodated in a social accounting matrix and different assumptions analyzed using an economic model of production and consumption. The approach to defining lifestyles and analyzing the impact of changes in lifestyles is readily generalized to the global scale.

Date: 2003-11
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