29 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2016
Date Written: October 31, 2016
Energy labels have been introduced in many countries to increase consumers’ attention to energy use in purchase decisions of durables. In a discrete-choice experiment among about 5,000 households, we implement randomized information treatments to explore the effects of various kinds of energy labels on purchasing decisions.
Our results show that adding annual operating cost information to the EU energy label promotes the choice of energy-efficient durables. In addition, we find that a majority of participants value efficiency classes beyond the economic value of the underlying energy use differences. Our results further indicate that displaying operating cost affects choices through two distinct channels: it increases the attention to operating cost and reduces the valuation of efficiency class differences.
Keywords: Environmental certification, discrete choice experiment, energy efficiency, energyusing durables
JEL Classification: D03, D12, D83, Q48, Q50
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Andor, Mark and Gerster, Andreas and Sommer, Stephan, Consumer Inattention, Heuristic Thinking and the Role of Energy Labels (October 31, 2016). USAEE Working Paper No. 16-287. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2874905