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Abstract

This paper attempts to measure the benefits of information about efficient usage of electric appliances consumers receive through energy conservation, using data from a Japanese experiment. In the experiment, households could easily obtain information on how to achieve efficient usage of electric appliances through a display installed at their residence. The data were used to estimate a utility-consistent, discrete−continuous model of display usage and electricity demand. Full information maximum likelihood estimates of a translog indirect utility function and electricity cost share function indicate that information provision contributed to energy conservation and to welfare improvements of consumers in the experiment.

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