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FY 2012/2013 Research Topic: A-5-02
Creation of Green Demand: Empircal Industrial Organization Study on the Proliferation of Energy-efficient Appliances in Developing Nations in Asia and the Top Runner Mechanism in Japan.


Asian economies are now facing a serious energy shortage; in particular, the supply capacity of electricity is seriously limited. This fact is motivating the government of developing economies to implement and enforce the demand-side management of energy consumption. Consumers in developing economies are also becoming interested in buying energy-efficient appliances due to a heightened environmental consciousness on energy and saving on energy expenditure. Basically, energy-efficient appliances could become popular in developing nations.
The following three policies are regarded as the pillars for popularizing energy-efficient appliances: (1) the price level of appliances, (2) labeling and referencing that let consumers easily recognize information on energy efficiency, which otherwise could not be seen without such displays, and (3) an appliance investigation system that prevents false labeling. This project will analyze and study the effective policy design to meet the above targets.


April 2012 - March 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] WATANABE Mariko
[ Co-researchers ] KOJIMA Michikazu
KUSAKA Wakana (Overseas Research Department, JETRO)
KUBO Kensuke
OHASHI Hiroshi (Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo)