Activity-Based Micro-pricing: Realizing Sustainable Behavior Changes through Economic Incentives

  • Tetsuo Yamabe
  • Vili Lehdonvirta
  • Hitoshi Ito
  • Hayuru Soma
  • Hiroaki Kimura
  • Tatsuo Nakajima
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6137)


In this paper, we further develop the idea of combining pervasive computing techniques with electronic payment systems to create activity-based micro-incentives. Economic incentives are an effective way to influence consumer behavior, and are used in e.g. marketing and resource coordination. Our approach allows marketers and regulators to induce consumers to perform particular actions in new application domains by attaching micro-prices to a wider range of behaviors. A key challenge is designing incentive mechanisms that result in desired behavior changes. We examine two basic incentive models. Based on the results of preliminary experiments, we discuss how economic incentives can affect consumer attitudes and lead to sustainable behavior changes.


Persuasive technology economic incentives mobile payment micropayments activity-based micro-pricing virtual currency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tetsuo Yamabe
    • 1
  • Vili Lehdonvirta
    • 2
  • Hitoshi Ito
    • 1
  • Hayuru Soma
    • 1
  • Hiroaki Kimura
    • 1
  • Tatsuo Nakajima
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Computer ScienceWaseda UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Helsinki Institute for Information TechnologyHelsinkiFinland

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