Gender and energy use

Räty & Carlsson-Kanyama show that energy consumption differ according to gender. Not surprisingly, men eat more meat, drink more alcohol and buy and drive more expensive and fuel-intensive cars, and women use more energy on hygiene and clothes. This might not be news, but it’s still nice to have some number on it. Even if those numbers are only (very reasonable!) guesstimations based on a small subset of the population (singles) and inferring energy use from expenditure numbers…

The most interesting finding might actually be that the gender differences in Sweden and Greece are much larger than in Norway and Denmark. I am not surprised that Greece has different consumption patterns from the Scandinavian countries, but why is Sweden so different from its neighbors? It would interesting to see more on this in the future.

Räty, R., & Carlsson-Kanyama, A. (2009). Energy consumption by gender in some European countries Energy Policy DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2009.08.010


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