Producer Behavior and Energy Efficiency
Project funded by own resources
Project title Producer Behavior and Energy Efficiency
Principal Investigator(s) Roux, Catherine
Organisation / Research unit Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften / Industrial Organization and Regulation of Energy Markets (Roux)
Project start 01.08.2015
Probable end 31.07.2020
Status Completed

Individuals often choose energy-inefficient products over energy-efficient ones, resulting in what has been termed the energy-efficiency gap. A typical investigation of the energy-efficiency gap starts on the premise that a variety of product types with differing degrees of energy efficiency and differing prices are available in the market. It explores the reasons why consumers may choose an energy-inefficient durable over an energy-efficient one and proposes policy measures to tilt consumer behavior toward a more environment-friendly choice. An extensive literature on the demand side of energy efficiency follows this approach. The stance we take in this research project is fundamentally different: we study the supply side of energy efficiency and, in particular, examine the firms' provision of energy-efficient durable goods among which consumers can choose in the market.

Financed by University funds

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