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WP-046

Decomposing the Wedge Between Projected and Realized Returns in Energy Efficiency Programs

Authors: Peter Christensen, Paul Francisco, Erica Myers, and Mateus Souza

Date: May 2020

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WP-045

Making Energy Costs Salient Can Lead to Low-efficiency Purchases

Authors: Giovanna d'Adda, Yu Gao, and Massimo Tavoni

Date: February 2020

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WP-044

Effects of Mandatory Energy Efficiency Disclosure in Housing Markets

Authors: Erica Myers, Steven Puller, and Jeremy West

Date: October 2019

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WP-043

Are Consumers Attentive to Local Energy Costs? Evidence from the Appliance Market

Authors: Sébastien Houde and Erica Myers

Date: February 2019

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WP-042

The Welfare Costs of Misaligned Incentives: Energy Inefficiency and the Principal-Agent Problem

Author: Joshua Blonz

Date: December 2018

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WP-041

Social Comparison Nudges Without Monetary Incentives: Evidence from Home Energy Reports

Authors: Erica Myers and Mateus Souza

Date: Revised March 2019

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WP-040

Attribute Substitution in Household Vehicle Portfolios

Authors: James Archsmith, Kenneth Gillingham, Christopher R. Knittel, and David S. Rapson

Date: September 2018

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WP-039

Are Consumers Poorly Informed about Fuel Eceonomy? Evidence from Two Experiments

Authors: Hunt Allcott and Christopher R. Knittel

Date: September 2018. Revised version published in American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2019, 11(1), 1-37.

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WP-038

Subsidizing Fuel Efficient Cars: Evidence from China's Automobile Industry

Authors: Chia-Wen Chen, Wei-Min Hu, and Christopher R. Knittel

Date: September 2018

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WP-037

Bunching with the Stars: How Firms Respond to Environmental Certification

Author: Sébastien Houde

Date: July 2018

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WP-036

The Incidence of Coarse Certification: Evidence from the ENERGY STAR Program

Author: Sébastien Houde

Date: June 2018

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WP-035

The Efficiency Consequences of Heterogeneous Behavioral Responses to Energy Fiscal Policies

Authors: Sébastien Houde and Joseph Aldy

Date: February 2018

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WP-034

How Effective is Energy-Efficient Housing? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Mexico

Authors: Lucas W. Davis, Sebastian Martinez, and Bibiana Taboada

Date: February 2018

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WP-033

Spillovers from Behavioral Interventions: Experimental Evidence from Water and Energy Use

Author: Katrina Jessoe, Gabriel E. Lade, Frank Loge, and Edward Spang

Date: December 2017

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WP-032

Machine Learning from Schools about Energy Efficiency

Author: Fiona Burlig, Christopher Knittel, David Rapson, Mar Reguant, and Catherine Wolfram

Date: Revised January 2019

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WP-031

Residential Building Codes Do Save Energy: Evidence From Hourly Smart-Meter Data

Author: Kevin Novan, Aaron Smith, and Tianxia Zhou

Date: June 2017

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WP-030

Evidence of a Decline in Electricity Use by U.S. Households

Author: Lucas Davis

Date: May 2017. Revised version published in Economics Bulletin, 2017, 37(2), 1098-1105.

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WP-029

Utilities Included: Split Incentives in Commercial Electricity Contracts

Authors: Katrina Jessoe, Maya Papineau, and David Rapson

Date: Revised May 2019

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WP-028

Measuring the Welfare Effects of Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

Authors: Hunt Allcott and Michael Greenstone

Date: April 2017

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WP-027

The Impact of Management Practices on Employee Productivity: A Field Experiment with Airline Captains

Authors: Greer K. Gosnell, John A. List, and Robert D. Metcalfe

Date: Revised April 2019. Forthcoming in Journal of Political Economy, 2019, 128(4).

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WP-026

Are Fuel Economy Standards Regressive?

Authors: Lucas W. Davis and Christopher R. Knittel

Date: December 2016. Revised version published in Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 2019, 6, 37-63.

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WP-025

Running Randomized Field Experiments for Energy Efficiency Programs: A Practitioner’s Guide

Authors: Raina Gandhi, Christopher R. Knittel, Paula Pedro, and Catherine Wolfram

Date: July 2016. Revised version published in Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy, 5(2).

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WP-024

Are Home Buyers Inattentive? Evidence From Capitalization of Energy Costs

Authors: Erica Myers

Date: Revised July 2018. Revised version published in American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2019, 11(2), 165-188.

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WP-023

Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver at the Right Time?

Authors: Judson Boomhower and Lucas W. Davis

Date: January 2017. Forthcoming in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

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WP-022

The Welfare Effects of Nudges: A Case Study of Energy Use Social Comparisons

Authors: Hunt Allcott and Judd B. Kessler

Date: Revised October 2016. Revised version published in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2019, (11)1, 236-276.

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WP-021

Asymmetric Information in Residential Rental Markets: Implications for the Energy Efficiency Gap

Author: Erica Myers

Date: Revised January 2018

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WP-020

Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver? Evidence from the Weatherization Assistance Program

Authors: Meredith Fowlie, Michael Greenstone, and Catherine Wolfram

Date: June 2015. Revised version published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2018.

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WP-019

Vehicle Miles (Not) Traveled: Why Fuel Economy Requirements Don’t Increase Household Driving

Authors: Jeremy West, Mark Hoekstra, Jonathan Meer and Steven Puller

Date: May 2015. Revised version published in Journal of Public Economics, 2017, 145, 65-81.

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WP-018

Tagging and Targeting of Energy Efficiency Subsidies

Authors: Hunt Allcott, Christopher R. Knittel, and Dmitry Taubinsky

Date: May 2015. Revised version published in American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 2015, 105(5), 187-191.

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WP-017

The Persistence of Moral Suasion and Economic Incentives: Field Experimental Evidence from Energy Demand

Authors: Koichiro Ito, Takanori Ida, and Makoto Tanaka

Date: April 2015. Revised version published in American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2018, 10 (1), 240-67.

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WP-016

Are the Non-Monetary Costs of Energy Efficiency Investments Large? Understanding Low Take-up of a Free Energy Efficiency Program

Authors: Meredith Fowlie, Michael Greenstone, and Catherine Wolfram

Date: January 2015. Revised version published in American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 105(5), 201-04.

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WP-015

Does Better Information Lead to Better Choices? Evidence from Energy-Efficiency Labels

Authors: Lucas W. Davis and Gilbert Metcalf

Date: November 2015. Revised version published in Journal of Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 2016, 3(3), 589-625.

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WP-014

Belt and Suspenders and More: The Incremental Impact of Energy Efficiency Subsidies in the Presence of Existing Policy Instruments

Authors: Sébastien Houde and Joseph Aldy

Date: October 2014. Revised version published in American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2017, 9(4), 227-255.

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WP-013

The Rebound Effect and Energy Efficiency Policy

Authors: Kenneth Gillingham, David Rapson, and Gernot Wagner

Date: September 2015. Revised version published in Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 2016, 10(1), 68-88.

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WP-012

The Economics of Attribute-Based Regulation: Theory and Evidence from Fuel-Economy Standards

Authors: Koichiro Ito and James M. Sallee

Date: December 2015. Revised version published in Review of Economics and Statistics, 2018, 100 (2), 319-336s.

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WP-011

Paternalism and Energy Efficiency: An Overview

Author: Hunt Allcott

Date: August 2015. Revised version published in Annual Review of Economics, 2016, 8, 145-176.

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WP-010

Asymmetric Incentives in Subsidies: Evidence from a Large-Scale Electricity Rebate Program

Author: Koichiro Ito

Date: December 2014. Revised version published in American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 7(3), 209-37, 2015.

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WP-009

Double Moral Hazard and the Energy Efficiency Gap

Authors: Louis-Gaëtan Giraudet and Sébastien Houde

Date: December 2016. Revised version published in Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 2018, 5(4), 755-790.

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WP-008

The Role of Sales Agents in Information Disclosure: Evidence from a Field Experiment

(Previously circulated as "Information Disclosure through Agents: Evidence from a Field Experiment")

Authors: Hunt Allcott and Richard Sweeney

Date: March 2015. Revised version published in Management Science, 2017, 63(1), 21-39.

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WP-007

How Consumers Respond to Environmental Certification and the Value of Energy Information

Author: Sébastien Houde

Date: December 2016. Revised version published as "How consumers respond to product certification and the value of energy information" in RAND Journal of Economics, 2018, 49(2), 453-477.

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WP-006

The Lightbulb Paradox: Evidence from Two Randomized Experiments

Authors: Hunt Allcott and Dmitry Taubinsky

Date: July 2014. Revised version published as "Evaluating Behaviorally-Motivated Policy: Experimental Evidence from the Lightbulb Market" in American Economic Review, 2015, 105(8), 2501-2538.

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WP-005

A Microeconomic Framework for Evaluating Energy Efficiency Rebound and Some Implications

Author: Severin Borenstein

Date January 2014. Revised version published in Energy Journal, 2015, 36(1), 1-21.

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WP-004

Cash for Coolers: Evaluating a Large-Scale Appliance Replacement Program in Mexico

Authors: Lucas W. Davis, Alan Fuchs, and Paul Gertler

Date: November 2013. Revised version published in American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2014, 6(4), 207-238.

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WP-003

The Short-Run and Long-Run Effects of Behavioral Interventions: Experimental Evidence from Energy Conservation

Authors: Hunt Allcott and Todd Rogers

Date: July 2013. Revised version published in American Economic Review, 2014, 10, 3003-3037.

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WP-002

Gasoline Prices, Fuel Economy, and the Energy Paradox

Authors: Hunt Allcott and Nathan Wozny

Date: November 2012. Revised version published in Review of Economics and Statistics, 2014, 96(10), 779-795.

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WP-001

Is There an Energy Efficiency Gap?

Authors: Hunt Allcott and Michael Greenstone

Date: July 2012. Revised version published in Journal of Economic Perspectives, 26(1), Winter 2012.

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