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Behavioural Economics and Environmental Policy database

Launched in 2013, this online tool is a contribution to the OECD Project on "Behavioural Economics and Environmental Policy Design". The inventory of studies, the revised report and the online web tool have been overseen by the OECD Secretariat. This work is part of a broader effort of a project that seeks to identify areas where behavioural economics can have the greatest impact on environmental policy design.

This database proposes a framework to organise relevant behavioural economics studies in a way that can be most useful for practitioners and policymakers considering behavioural interventions as an adjunct to policy instruments. The overall objective of this framework is to facilitate the search and identification of studies most relevant for a given policy question. For example, the framework would help a policymaker to answer the following questions: where were catalogued studies of cognitive dissonance conducted—can a policymaker expect to achieve comparable impacts if we replicate the intervention elsewhere? How cost-effective is Intervention Type X relative to Type Y?

Studies are categorised according to their context (place, time), policy domain (e.g. energy/water conservation, etc.) and according to the type of interventions they analyse (e.g. social comparison, co-operation, etc.). There are also a number of attributes concerning how a given intervention was evaluated that can be important in interpreting the validity of the results (randomised controlled trial, natural experiment, etc.). Finally, of most importance are the outcomes of the interventions – both the behavioural impacts and the economic outcomes (i.e. costs) of the interventions.

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