Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Prius Effect

Constent with the previous post: "Chance a U.S. household that owns a Prius also owns an SUV: 1 in 3."

From Harper's Magazine (HT). An alternative and more positive story is that people used to have an SUV and then buy a Prius and garage the dirty, evil SUV - or more formally we would want to know the conditional probability of owning a Prius/hybrid vs. a non-hybrid, given that the first car a family owns is an SUV. I am not sure which effect dominates.

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