Public preferences for alternative electricity mixes in post-Fukushima Japan

Katrin Rehdanz, Carsten Schröder, Daiju Narita, Toshihiro Okubo

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Abstract

Using representative household survey data from Japan after the Fukushima accident, we estimate peoples' willingness-to-pay (WTP) for renewable, nuclear, and fossil fuels in electricity generation. We rely on random parameter econometric techniques to capture various degrees of heterogeneity between the respondents, and use detailed regional information to assess how WTP varies with the distance to both the nearest nuclear power plant and to Fukushima. Compared to fossil fuels, we find a positive WTP for renewable and a negative WTP for nuclear fuels. These effects, in absolute terms, increase with the proximity to Fukushima.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-270
Number of pages9
JournalEnergy Economics
Volume65
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 1

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Nuclear fuels
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Keywords

  • Electricity mix
  • Fukushima
  • Nuclear power
  • Preference heterogeneity
  • Renewables
  • Spatial heterogeneity
  • Willingness-to-pay

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Energy(all)

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Public preferences for alternative electricity mixes in post-Fukushima Japan. / Rehdanz, Katrin; Schröder, Carsten; Narita, Daiju; Okubo, Toshihiro.

In: Energy Economics, Vol. 65, 01.06.2017, p. 262-270.

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Rehdanz, Katrin ; Schröder, Carsten ; Narita, Daiju ; Okubo, Toshihiro. / Public preferences for alternative electricity mixes in post-Fukushima Japan. In: Energy Economics. 2017 ; Vol. 65. pp. 262-270.
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