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

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Using survey data of around 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 environmental attitudes and ownership status are strong predictors of adoption of water-efficient equipment. 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 paid a flat fee.

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Millock, K., Nauges, C. Household Adoption of Water-Efficient Equipment: The Role of Socio-Economic Factors, Environmental Attitudes and Policy. Environ Resource Econ 46, 539–565 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10640-010-9360-y

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Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Metering
  • Residential water use
  • Technology adoption

JEL Classification

  • D12
  • O33
  • Q25
  • Q58