Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/261222
Authors: 
Antinyan, Armenak
Corazzini, Luca
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
Cardiff Economics Working Papers No. E2021/29
Publisher: 
Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff
Abstract: 
Little is known about the impact of policy interventions other than taxes and bans aimed at reducing the demand for single-use plastic bags. We report results from a natural field experiment conducted in a large supermarket chain to test interventions based on nudges (information provision), financial bonuses (which are assigned through a competitive scheme) and free provision of reusable bags. We manipulate the type of the intervention, i.e., either a financial bonus or a nudge, and the presence of a reusable bag, i.e., either provided for free or not provided. Relative to the baseline with no intervention, both the bonus and the nudge considerably reduce the demand for single-use plastic bags. Free reusable bags are effective when combined with the bonus, albeit not effective when combined with the nudge. Finally, the bonus is more powerful than the nudge, irrespective of the absence or presence of reusable bags.
Subjects: 
pro-environmental behavior
nudge
financial bonus
reusable bag
single-use plastic bag
randomized controlled trial
JEL: 
C93
D12
D91
H23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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