My research explores individual behavior related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, with a focus on residential energy efficiency. I mainly use survey data and experimental methods (choice experiments, field experiments, lab experiments).
Work on residential energy efficiency / individual energy use
J Blasch, N Boogen, C Daminato, M Filippini (2021). Empower the consumer! Energy-related financial literacy and its socioeconomic determinants. Forthcoming in Energy & Environmental Policy 10(2).
J Blasch, M Filippini, N Kumar (2019). Boundedly rational consumers, energy and investment literacy, and the display of information on household appliances. Resource and Energy Economics 56, 39-58.
J Blasch, M Filippini, N Kumar, AL Martinez-Cruz (2017). Narrowing the energy efficiency gap: The impact of educational programs, online support tools and energy-related investment literacy. CER-ETH Working Paper 17/276, September 2017, CER-ETH Center of Economic Research at ETH Zurich.
See also the related
- blog post “Are we literate enough to choose a new washing machine?” and
- magazine article on the presentation of information on energy labels
Work on voluntary carbon offsetting
S Carattini and J Blasch (2020). Nudging when the descriptive norm is low: Evidence from a Carbon Offsetting Field Experiment. Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy Working Paper 375/Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment Working Paper 345. London: London School of Economics and Political Science.
J Blasch, RW Turner (2016). Environmental art, prior knowledge about climate change, and carbon offsets. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 6 (4), 691-705.
J Blasch, M Ohndorf (2015). Altruism, moral norms and social approval: Joint determinants of individual offset behavior. Ecological Economics 116, 251-260.
J Blasch, M Farsi (2014). Context effects and heterogeneity in voluntary carbon offsetting–a choice experiment in Switzerland. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy 3 (1), 1-24.
Work on climate change mitigation / sustainable agriculture
J Blasch, B van der Kroon, P van Beukering, R Munster, S Fabiani, P Nino, S Vanino (2020). Farmer preferences for adopting precision farming technologies: a case study from Italy. European Review of Agricultural Economics, online first.
R Schubert, J Blasch (2010). Sustainability standards for bioenergy—A means to reduce climate change risks? Energy Policy 38 (6), 2797-2805.
Work on climate change adaptation / flood risk mitigation
J M Mol, W J W Botzen, J Blasch, E Kranzler and H Kunreuther (2020) All by myself? Testing descriptive social norm-nudges to increase flood preparedness among homeowners. SSRN Working Paper, June 2020.
J M Mol, W J W Botzen and J Blasch (2020). Behavioral motivations for self-insurance under different disaster risk insurance schemes. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 180, 967-991.
J M Mol, W J W Botzen and J Blasch (2019). Risk reduction in compulsory disaster insurance: Experimental evidence on moral hazard and financial incentives. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics 84, 1-58.