January 9, 2011

Heterogeneity in the Rebound Effect: Further Evidence for Germany

by Manuel Frondel, Nolan Ritter and Colin Vance

- Rebound effects measure the behaviorally induced offset in the reduction of energy consumption following efficiency improvements. Using both panel estimation and quantile-regression methods on household travel diary data collected in Germany between 1997 and 2009, this study investigates the heterogeneity of the rebound effect in private transport. With the average rebound effect being in the range of 57% to 62%, our results are in line with a recent German study by Frondel, Peterss, and Vance (2008), but are substantially larger than those obtained from other studies.

Frondel, M., N. Ritter and C. Vance (2010). "Heterogeneity in the Rebound Effect: Further Evidence for Germany." USAEE-IAEE Working Paper No. 10-059, available at SSRN, Nov 2010.