Technological innovation in community housing development: Barriers to energy efficiency

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Community housing developers produce affordable housing and jobs for many residents of low-income neighborhoods through the rehabilitation of existing single and multi-family buildings. Typically operating as small, not-for-profits or community-based organizations, the vast numbers of community housing developers creates high coordinating costs of operating jointly to acquire the shared learning needed to implement new techniques, such as those involving energy efficiency. This paper presents a model of technology adoption that suggests that new profitable technologies will be adopted only with low probability and that strategic interaction between potential adopters further reduces the likelihood of adoption. These features result from the ... continued below

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Cavallo, J.D. May 1, 1996.

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Community housing developers produce affordable housing and jobs for many residents of low-income neighborhoods through the rehabilitation of existing single and multi-family buildings. Typically operating as small, not-for-profits or community-based organizations, the vast numbers of community housing developers creates high coordinating costs of operating jointly to acquire the shared learning needed to implement new techniques, such as those involving energy efficiency. This paper presents a model of technology adoption that suggests that new profitable technologies will be adopted only with low probability and that strategic interaction between potential adopters further reduces the likelihood of adoption. These features result from the ability of potential adopters to postpone the bearing the costs of adoption of new technologies and their ability to share the knowledge of others who have adopted new technologies. These features are particularly characteristic of community housing developers.

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  • 6. annual meeting of the American Law and Economics Association, Chicago, IL (United States), 10-11 May 1996

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  • Other: DE96012801
  • Report No.: ANL/DIS/CP--90165
  • Report No.: CONF-9605204--1
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 279696
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc672492

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Cavallo, J.D. Technological innovation in community housing development: Barriers to energy efficiency, article, May 1, 1996; Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc672492/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.