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The Residential Adoption of Electricity in Early Twentieth-Century America

The commercial development of electricity in the late nineteenth century brought about a technological revolution comparable to, if not exceeding, the development of the steam engine more than a century earlier. While the steam engine laid the groundwork for the Industrial Revolution and altered the social, economic, and political framework of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Western Europe, the development of electricity had an equally significant impact in a later era.

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Energy Specializations: Electricity – Policy and Regulation

JEL Codes: Q41: Energy: Demand and Supply; Prices, Q43: Energy and the Macroeconomy

Keywords: Residential electrification, US, Historical analysis, Twentieth century

DOI: 10.5547/ISSN0195-6574-EJ-Vol8-No2-2

Published in Volume 8, Number 2 of the bi-monthly journal of the IAEE's Energy Economics Education Foundation.


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