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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Cleaner Nudges? Policy Labels and Investment Decision-making
Author(s): Lange, Ian
Moro, Mirko
Rahman, Mohammad Mahbubur
Keywords: Winter Fuel Payment
Regression Discontinuity
Renewable energy
Causal effect
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2018
Citation: Lange I, Moro M & Rahman MM (2018) Cleaner Nudges? Policy Labels and Investment Decision-making. Energy Journal, 39 (6), pp. 27-51.;
Abstract: Recent evidence suggests that labeling of unconditional cash transfers leads recipients to spend more on the labeled good. In this paper we show that the Winter Fuel Payment, an unconditional cash transfer, has distortionary effects on the market for goods related to the labeled product, renewable technologies. Using a Regression Discontinuity Design this analysis finds a robust reduction in the probability to install renewable energy technologies of 1.2 percentage points. Falsification tests support the labeling hypothesis. As a result, households use too much energy from sources which generate pollution and too little from relatively cleaner technologies.
DOI Link: 10.5547/01956574.39.6.ilan
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