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Heterogeneous Preferences and Investments in Energy Saving Measures

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  • Urs Fischbacher
  • Simeon Schudy
  • Sabrina Teyssier

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We investigate whether risk, time, environmental, and social preferences affect single family homeowners’ investments in energy efficient renovations and energy quality of their house using established experimental measures and questionnaires. We find that homeowners who report to be more risk taking are more likely to have renovated their house. Pro-environmental and future-oriented renovators, i.e. renovators with lower discount factors, live in homes with higher energy efficiency. Controlling for the energy efficiency of houses, we further find that energy consumption as measured by heating and energy costs are lower for future-oriented and pro-environmental individuals. Social preferences measured in a dictator and a generosity game play a mixed role for investments in energy efficiency and energy consumption.

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  • Urs Fischbacher & Simeon Schudy & Sabrina Teyssier, 2015. "Heterogeneous Preferences and Investments in Energy Saving Measures," TWI Research Paper Series 95, Thurgauer Wirtschaftsinstitut, Universität Konstanz.
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    1. Ivan Tilov & Benjamin Volland & Mehdi Farsi, 2017. "Interactions in Swiss Households' Energy Demand: A Holistic Approach," IRENE Working Papers 17-11, IRENE Institute of Economic Research.
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    3. Schleich, Joachim & Gassmann, Xavier & Meissner, Thomas & Faure, Corinne, 2018. "A large-scale test of the effects of time discounting, risk aversion, loss aversion and present bias on household adoption of energy efficient technologies," Working Papers "Sustainability and Innovation" S04/2018, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI).

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    Risk Preferences; Time Preferences; Environmental Preferences; Social Preferences; Energy Efficiency; Artefactual Field Experiment;

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