Hanne Marit Dalen, PhD-presentation: Is it the environmentalist talking?
Department seminar. Hanne Marit Dalen is a PhD candidate at the University of Oslo. She will present her thesis: "Is it the environmentalist talking?"
Hanne Marit Dalen
Potential drivers of the choice of energy efficient appliances are numerous. I find no evidence for the widely held belief that environmental concern and responsibility affect consumer investment in energy efficient appliances. I estimate a combined latent-variable and discrete-choice model on Norwegian and Swedish household data, finding that the choice of appliance is driven by fundamental economic variables, not attitudes towards the environment. I demonstrate that this finding is not due to imperfect measurement of attitudinal variables, by showing that these variables do explain energy saving through curtailment activities.