Household Demographic Characteristics, Consumption Structure and Regional Differences in China

Liangliang Sun , Asian Demographic Research Institute
Leiwen Jiang, Population Council and Shanghai University

Energy consumption is one of the most significant ways of the population to affect the environment. Although more and more scholars begin to realize that direct energy consumption and indirect energy consumption caused by household unit is also an important topic to research, there are not much consistent conclusions contributing to this topic. This paper use “China Family Panel Studies 2014” data to explore whether there are some stable relationships between household demographic characteristics and consumption structure across different regions in China. We first try to identify the stable patterns between our variables, then examine the further relationships by constructing regression models, finally we also illustrate the mechanism of regional differences in China to get a better understanding for the interaction between household demographic characteristics and consumption behavior.

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 Presented in Session 3. Population, Development, & the Environment; Data & Methods; Applied Demography