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Goal-setting at scale: Experimental evidence from the rollout of an energy savings program

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Crawford School of Public Policy | Centre for Climate Economics and Policy
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Event details

Seminar

Date & time

Wednesday 18 March 2020
10.00am–11.00am

Venue

Seminar Room 7, #132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, The ANU

Speaker

Madeline Werthschulte

Contacts

Holly Zervos

Self-set goals have shown to be effective tools to change behaviour in a variety of fields. A relevant question to policymakers is how these interventions will perform when rolled out at large scale. In cooperation with a large utility and a specialised IT company, we integrate an energy savings program in an existing mobile phone application and promote the program by a mass marketing campaign. The program allows randomly selected participants to set themselves energy consumption goals. Our first result is an extremely low take-up rate of the program and a devastating attrition rate. Second, the goal-setting feature did induce statistically or economically significant reductions in energy consumption. We view these results as a contribution to our understanding of the limitations of voluntary energy saving programs to enhance resource conservation.

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