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Impact of urbanization on residential household appliance in China
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TitleImpact of urbanization on residential household appliance in China  
AuthorLin Boqiang and Liu Chang  
OrganizationXIAMEN University; 
Key WordsDiffusion Model; Income Distribution; Urbanization; Electricity Appliance Price 
AbstractWith the development of urbanization and industrialization, economic growth and the improvement of people's living standard contribute to continuous growth of China's resident electricity consumption. Different from the secondary industry, China's residential electricity consumption depends more on the increase in the quantity of household appliance and the time they work, which is driven by resident income growth and other factors. Based on the diffusion model, we conduct an empirical analysis of panel data of five kinds of appliance in China's 30 provinces during 1998-2012. Results show that rise in resident income and urbanization rate has a positive impact on the ownership of urban household appliances, while the increase in household appliance price has a negative impact. With the continuous growth in urban resident income, its impact on the purchase of household appliance gradually declines, while the influence of urbanization process is getting more and more obvious. The urbanization process may become a new impetus to China's energy conservation and emission reduction. Therefore, in the process of urbanization, the government can carry out policies on household appliance subsidy, energy efficiency upgrading to stimulate purchase and replacement of household appliance, in order to promote energy conservation and emission reduction. 
Serial NumberWP1050 
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