Diffusion of Electricity Consumption Practices in Mexico
AbstractIn recent decades, residential energy consumption has grown in Mexico despite high poverty levels. While inequalities in energy have been documented, less attention has been paid to practices of consumption. Particularly, we sustain that it is necessary to account for changes in associated behaviors, which shape energy use, such as the acquisition of electrical appliances. This paper analyzes if there is evidence of diffusion of energy practices from higher to lower-income households. We hypothesize that more intensive energy practices expand across groups beyond their demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. Employing a harmonized dataset of thirteen Income and Expenditure Household Surveys, we assess changes in electrical appliances and electricity consumption. Using latent class analysis, we construct energy profiles that identify underlying consumption behaviors from sociodemographic and residential characteristics. We find support for the argument that intensive energy practices expanded from high to lower socioeconomic groups. While this trend reflects improvements in living conditions in Mexico, it also highlights the environmental challenges that increasing consumption poses for sustainable development goals. View Full-Text
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Escoto Castillo, A.; Sánchez Peña, L. Diffusion of Electricity Consumption Practices in Mexico. Soc. Sci. 2017, 6, 144.
Escoto Castillo A, Sánchez Peña L. Diffusion of Electricity Consumption Practices in Mexico. Social Sciences. 2017; 6(4):144.Chicago/Turabian Style
Escoto Castillo, Ana; Sánchez Peña, Landy. 2017. "Diffusion of Electricity Consumption Practices in Mexico." Soc. Sci. 6, no. 4: 144.
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