Social comparison and energy conservation in a collective action context: A field experiment
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This field experiment quantifies the impact of social norm information on the demand for indoor temperature. Based on high-frequency data from indoor temperature monitors, we provide participating households with a comparison of average temperature in their apartment relative to that measured in a control group. For more than 90 percent of participants, financial benefits of energy savings are only indirect, as building-level heating costs are shared across apartments in proportion to their volume. Despite the associated collective action problem, we estimate that the intervention induces a −0.28 °C reduction in average indoor temperature. This suggests that direct monetary incentives is not a pre-requisite for social comparison feedback to induce energy savings. Show more
Journal / seriesEconomics Letters
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SubjectInformational intervention; Monetary incentives; Energy saving; Social comparison feedback; Social norms
Organisational unit03877 - Bommier, Antoine / Bommier, Antoine
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