Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/200158
Authors: 
Meub, Lukas
Runst, Petrik
von der Leyen, Kaja
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
cege Discussion Papers No. 372
Abstract: 
We use a field experiment on energy billing in a German region to evaluate the effect of two behavioral nudges (consumption feedback and social comparison) on electricity consumption. Similar experiments have revealed significant treatment effects, yet the individual variance has proven to be substantial. On grounds of these heterogeneous treatment effects and the possibility of cross-country behavioral differences, additional experiments are warranted. For our German participants with low pretreatment consumption compared to many other countries, we find no treatment effects. From this, we deduce that the effect of consumption feedback and social comparison is highly context dependent.
Subjects: 
Energy consumtion
Electricity
Consumtion feedback
JEL: 
K32
P18
Q58
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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