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Social Norms and Energy Conservation
This paper evaluates a series of programs run by a company called OPOWER to send Home Energy Report letters to residential utility customers comparing their electricity use to that of theirExpand
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Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election
Following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, many have expressed concern about the effects of false stories (“fake news”), circulated largely through social media. We discuss the economics of fakeExpand
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The Short-Run and Long-Run Effects of Behavioral Interventions: Experimental Evidence from Energy Conservation
We document three remarkable features of the Opower program, in which social comparison- based home energy reports are repeatedly mailed to more than six million households nationwide. First, initialExpand
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Dutch Disease or Agglomeration? The Local Economic Effects of Natural Resource Booms in Modern America
Do natural resources benefit producer economies, or is there a “Natural Resource Curse”, perhaps as the crowd-out of manufacturing productivity spillovers reduces long-term growth? We combine newExpand
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Rethinking Real Time Electricity Pricing
Most US consumers are charged a near-constant retail price for electricity, despite substantial hourly variation in the wholesale market price. This paper evaluates the first program to exposeExpand
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Is There an Energy Efficiency Gap?
Many analysts have argued that energy efficiency investments offer an enormous "win-win" opportunity to both reduce negative externalities and save money. This overview paper presents a simple modelExpand
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Gasoline Prices, Fuel Economy, and the Energy Paradox
Policymakers often assert that consumers undervalue future gasoline costs when they buy automobiles. We test this by measuring whether relative prices of vehicles with different fuel economy ratingsExpand
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Behavior and Energy Policy
Investment in scalable, non–price-based behavioral interventions and research may prove valuable in improving energy efficiency. Many countries devote substantial public resources to research andExpand
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Consumers' Perceptions and Misperceptions of Energy Costs
This paper presents three initial stylized facts from the Vehicle Ownership and Alternatives Survey (VOAS), a nationally representative survey that elicits consumers' beliefs about gasoline pricesExpand
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Polarization and Public Health: Partisan Differences in Social Distancing During the Coronavirus Pandemic
We study partisan differences in Americans' response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Political leaders and media outlets on the right and left have sent divergent messages about the severity of the crisis,Expand
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