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Alcott, Blake. 2005. "Jevons’ Paradox." Ecological Economics 54:9-21. [PDF]

  • "…efficiency, sufficiency, and population strategies all face the problem that the I =PAT equation is transitive: all right-side factors influence each other, leaving impact the same or higher. This enhances the attractiveness of directly lowering impact through rationing and quotas, whether of resources or emissions (as in the Kyoto agreement)  (Daly, 1973, pp. 337ff., 1996, p. 15; Wackernagel and Rees, 1996, p. 129; Brookes, 2000, pp. 363–64; Rudin, 2000). Politically unfashionable though they may be—Jevons himself denied that 'the consumption of coal can be kept down in our free system of industry...' (p. 136)—ecological economics should once again take resource rationing seriously." (pp. 19-20)

Dardozzi, Jeff. 2008. "The spector of Jevon’s Paradox." Stanford University Press, Stanford. [PDF]

Dauvergne, Peter and Jane Lister. 2015. Eco-Business: A Big-Brand Takeover of Sustainability. MIT Press, Cambridge. [brief video discussion by Dauvergne]

Foster, John Bellamy, Brett Clark, and Richard York. 2010. "Capitalism and the curse of energy efficiency." Monthly Review 62(6): 1-12. [related video]

Garrett, T.J. 2012. "No way out? The double-bind in seeking global prosperity alongside mitigated climate change." Earth System Dynamics 3:1-17. [PDF] [excerpt on Jevons’ Paradox

Giampietro, Mario, and Kozo Mayumi. 2006. "Efficiency, Jevons’ paradox and the evolution of complex adaptive systems." Economic Development, Climate Change and the Environment  203-223. [PDF] [related article] [related video]

Gomez, Carlos Mario and Carlos Gutierrez. 2011. "Enhancing Irrigation Efficiency but Increasing Water Use: The Jevons' Paradox." EAAE 2011 Congress Change and Uncertainty Challenges. [PDF]

Khazzoom, J. Daniel, 1980. "Economic implications of mandated efficiency in standards or household appliances." Energy Journal 1(4):21-40.

  • "...changes in appliance efficiency have a price content.... [W]ith increased productivity comes a decline in the effective price of commodities, and that in the face of lower effective prices, demand does not remain stagnant...but tends to increase." (pp. 22-23)

Lovins, Amory B. 2011. "Re: The Efficiency Dilemma. A letter in response to David Owen's article (December 20 & 27, 2010)." The New Yorker 17 January. [Owen's aricle (PDF)]

Meyer, Warren. 2010. "The EPA's Electric Vehicle Mileage Fraud." Forbes 24 November. [related article by author]

  • EPA fuel efficiency stickers measure tank-to-wheel efficiencies, which is fine if you are comparing vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICEVs). If comparing electric vehicles (EVs) to ICEVs, then well-to-wheel measures must be made due to the fact that much of the energy losses occur upon combustion.

Owen, David. 2010. "Annals of Environmentalism: The Efficiency Dilemma. If our machines use less energy, will we just use them more? The New Yorker 20 December. [PDF]  [response by Amory Lovins in The New Yorker]

Polimeni, John, Kozo Mayumi, Mario Giampietro, and Blake Alcott. 2007. The Jevons Paradox and the Myth of Resource Efficiency Improvements. Earthscan, London. [Foreword by Joseph Tainter (PDF)] [reviews in Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy with response by Polimeni]

Rees, William E. 2010b. "What’s Blocking Sustainability? Human Nature, Cognition, and Denial." Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 6(2):13-25. 

Saunders, Harry. 2011. "Six Misconceptions about Rebound and Backfire." (in energy efficiency) The Breakthrough Institute (Blog) 24 January.

York, R. 2006. "Ecological Paradoxes: William Stanley Jevons and the Paperless Office." Human Ecology Review 13:143-147. [PDF] [related video]

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