What Impedes Efficient Adoption of Products? Evidence from Randomized Variation in Sales Offers for Improved Cookstoves in Uganda
AbstractMany people do not purchase products that would appear to benefit them. For example, the price of an efficient cookstove can be less than a few monthsâ€™ savings on fuel. If liquidity constraints, present bias, and poor information on fuel savings and stove durability are barriers, then combining a free trial, time payments, and the right to return the stove at any time should increase sales. In a randomized trial, this offer increases uptake of an efficient charcoal-burning stove in Kampala, Uganda, from 4% to 46%. We provide additional evidence that both liquidity constraints and imperfect information were important barriers.
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Social and Behavioral Sciences; JEL C93; D91; L15; L81; M31; D12; D82;
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