Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/103135
Authors: 
Harjunen, Oskari
Liski, Matti
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4989
Abstract: 
Policies affecting the cost of energy use provide correct incentives for technology choices only if there is a market reward for energy efficiency. We provide clean evidence for market efficiency by considering how heating technologies capitalize into house values using detailed Finnish register data on technologies in houses, transaction prices and socio-economic variables. We exploit variation in technologies that houses are locked into at construction time to identify the stand-alone value of having a cost-saving technology in the house. For the two main technologies, electric and district heating, the estimated price discount is 5-6% of the house value for electric heating, coming very close to the capitalized value of the cost differ-ential obtained from external data on energy contract prices. Technologies act as “labels” with clear market valuation - the results support the idea that transparent energy-efficiency classification of houses capitalize into house prices.
Subjects: 
energy efficiency
energy paradox
discounting
JEL: 
D12
H23
Q42
Q50
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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