Switching Energy Suppliers: It's Not All about the Money
26 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2017
Date Written: August 21, 2017
Liberalised retail energy markets present an apparent puzzle: when offered the chance to buy a homogeneous product at a lower price, many consumers appear to leave ‘money on the table’. We observe the decisions made by over 7,000 consumers in a collective switching exercise and find that seemingly suboptimal consumer behaviour may be understood better if a sufficiently rich range of non-monetary ‘switching costs’ are identified. We discuss some policy implications for the expectations of consumer response in designing and regulating markets.
Keywords: Retail Energy Market, Switching Suppliers, Probit Models, Behavioural Consumers
JEL Classification: D12, D83, C25, C26, L94, L95
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