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The Role of Attitudes and Marketing in Consumer Behaviours in the British Retail Electricity Market

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We examine characteristics associated with consumer (dis)engagement in the residential electricity market, a topic of increasing policy interest and intervention, introducing consumer attitudes and marketing recall as new factors. General attitudes are closely associated with electricity market activity, with considerable variation in the strength and statistical significance of these relationships, indicating very different motivations amongst consumers. Recall of direct marketing routes has little identifiable effect, while advice of family and friends is influential. We identify implications for communication by both suppliers and policy makers seeking to improve the functioning of such markets, including the necessity for a variety of approaches.

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Energy Specializations: Electricity – Other

JEL Codes: Q41: Energy: Demand and Supply; Prices, Q40: Energy: General, D12: Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis, D47: Market Design, D11: Consumer Economics: Theory

Keywords: Switching Behaviour; Electricity Market; Competition Policy

DOI: 10.5547/01956574.39.4.mflo

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Published in Volume 39, Number 4 of the bi-monthly journal of the IAEE's Energy Economics Education Foundation.


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