Anderson Policy Area Seminar Series Featuring Magali Delmas

Anderson Policy Area Seminar Series Featuring Magali Delmas
Friday, May 13, 2011 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
1:30 pm
3:00 pm
UCLA Anderson School
UCLA Anderson School
Cornell Hall, Room D-313
Los Angeles, CA
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Fri, 05/13/2011 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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UCLA Anderson School

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UCLA Anderson School
Cornell Hall, Room D-313
Los Angeles, CA
United States
34° 4' 26.3748" N, 118° 26' 36.1392" W

While research suggests that information policies have the potential to reduce environmental pollution by allowing customers or investors to choose products or prefer companies with a smaller environmental footprint, we still have little understanding about the conditions under which people respond to information about environmental performance and act on it. In this research, we test the effect of intrinsic motivations, social norms and reputation as potential motivators in the context of energy conservation behavior.

While research suggests that information policies have the potential to reduce environmental pollution by allowing customers or investors to choose products or prefer companies with a smaller environmental footprint, we still have little understanding about the conditions under which people respond to information about environmental performance and act on it. In this research, we test the effect of intrinsic motivations, social norms and reputation as potential motivators in the context of energy conservation behavior. We implement a field experiment where we provide consumers with private and public information about their energy usage. Private information in the form of real time feedback helps consumers understand their energy usage and lowers the cost of conservation. Public information in the form of energy display posters about consumers’ individual energy usage allowed consumers to experience reputation benefits from conspicuous conservation. The results of the year-long experiment in the residence halls at the University of California Los Angeles, show that reputational concerns effectively motivated heavy electricity users to reduce consumption by 15 percent. Public information in conjunction with private information was more effective than private information alone to motivate conservation behavior.

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