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How do lenders price energy efficiency? Evidence from personal consumption loans

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  • Louis-Gaëtan Giraudet
  • Anna Petronevich
  • Laurent Faucheux

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At least ex ante, energy efficiency improvements increase investor’s solvency. Associated loans should therefore carry lower interest rates than do otherwise conventional loans. We test this hypothesis using unique weekly panel data on posted interest rates scraped from loan simulators made available online by French credit institutions during 2015-2016. On average, we find that lenders charged a green premium in 2015 but offered a green discount in 2016. We also find that, absent green attributes, interest rates are higher for home retrofit loans than for vehicle loans, which suggests that lenders use the loan purpose as a screening device of unobserved borrower characteristics. Our results together imply that loans for home energy renovation were consistently charged relatively high interest rates, with adverse consequences for scaling up home energy renovation.

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  • Louis-Gaëtan Giraudet & Anna Petronevich & Laurent Faucheux, 2019. "How do lenders price energy efficiency? Evidence from personal consumption loans," Working papers 716, Banque de France.
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    Keywords

    energy efficiency gap; personal consumption credit loan; home energy retrofit; screening; data scraping; online prices.;

    JEL classification:

    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • Q41 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Demand and Supply; Prices

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