Household Adoption of Water-Efficient Equipment: The Role of Socio-Economic Factors, Environmental Attitudes and Policy

Millock, Katrin and Nauges, Céline (2009) Household Adoption of Water-Efficient Equipment: The Role of Socio-Economic Factors, Environmental Attitudes and Policy. TSE Working Paper, n. 09-057

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Abstract

Using unique survey data of 10,000 households from 10 OECD countries, we identify the driving factors of household adoption of water-efficient equipment by estimating Probit models of a household's probability to invest in such equipment. The results indicate that the adoption of water-efficient equipment is the most strongly affected by ownership status, by being metered and charged a volumetric charge on water consumption, and by behavioural factors. Environmental attitudes are strong predictors of adoption of water-efficient equipment, with a marginal effect that exceeds ownership status in some cases. In terms of policy, we find that households that were both metered and charged for their water individually had a much higher probability to invest in water-efficient equipment compared to households that were not charged for their water.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: June 2009
Uncontrolled Keywords: attitudes, metering, residential water use
JEL codes: D12 - Consumer Economics - Empirical Analysis
O33 - Technological Change - Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
Q25 - Water
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 06:00
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2018 13:22
OAI ID: oai:tse-fr.eu:22182
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/3226

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