Publications in: Behavioural

Study on the Impact of the EU Energy Label – and Potential Changes to It – on Consumer Understanding and Purchase Decisions – August 2014

Subsector:Public Policy
Published:19 August, 2014
Document type:Report

As part of the review of the EU Directive on Energy Labels, the European Commission engaged London Economics to undertake a behavioural study on consumer understanding and purchasing decisions, of the current EU energy label and potential changes to it. Interim findings were presented to the 3rd Stakeholder meeting on the Evaluation of the Energy […]

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Behavioural Economics in Retail Financial Services: Training Workshop, 30th September 2014, Central London

Subsector:Public Policy
Published:19 August, 2014
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The London Economics’ Behavioural and Financial Services teams will provide a training workshop on the application of behavioural economics to retail finance. The course will address: The underlying principles of behavioural economics; Regulators’ understanding and use of behavioural economics; How behavioural economics is applied in retail financial services ; and, how to design, apply and […]

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Using Behavioural Economics: Practical Examples – August 2014

Subsector:Consumer and firm behaviour
Published:27 August, 2014
Document type:Presentation

A presentation to practitioners at the Copenhagen Summer University. Explores how behavioural insights are being used by policy makers. Examples of behavioural studies used by regulators, and discusses the issues to consider when commissioning and designing experiments. The presentation also provides suggested papers illustrating the use of behavioural approaches and additional applied examples.

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Study on the Functioning of the Consumer Credit Market in the EU

Subsector:Consumer Finance
Published:12 June, 2014
Document type:Report

Presentation to Eurofinas, Brussels, June 12th, 2014.

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Study on the Functioning of the Consumer Credit Markets in the European Union – May 2014

Subsector:Consumer Finance
Published:20 May, 2014
Document type:Report

The study assesses the degree to which Consumer Credit Directive (CCD) fulfilled its principal objectives, namely: a) fostering an internal credit market in the EU, with a positive impact, in particular on cross­border competition; and, b) providing a high level of protection of consumers regarding consumer credits. The study focuses on the impact of the […]

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General Insurance Add-ons: Experimental Consumer Research Report

Subsector:Consumer behaviour and protection
Published:13 March, 2014
Document type:Report

Behavioural experiment by London Economics which formed part of the FCA’s Add-on Insurance Market Study. The experiment with 1,500 UK residents tested for common patterns of consumer behaviour that arise due to add-on insurance mechanisms and assessed how insurance add-ons may lead to poor outcomes for consumers in these markets.

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Financial Conduct Authority Practical Use of Behavioural Experiments in Financial Regulation – March 2014

Subsector:Public Policy
Published:25 March, 2014
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The Financial Conduct Authority finds that behavioural experiments have an important role to play in financial regulation, and often provide insights into the ways markets work that may not be possible otherwise. Download the paper on the practical application of behavioural experiments in financial regulation jointly authored by London Economics and the FCA.

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Impact of EU Ban on Higher Nicotine E-Cigarettes on Tobacco Smoking

Subsector:Public Policy
Published:25 February, 2014
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The proposed ban compromises e-cigarettes’ role in supporting smoke cessation and is forecast to lead to 210,000 fewer successful quitters each year across the EU. E-cigarettes’ role in smoke reduction is also affected and a 0.8% increase in tobacco smoking or the equivalent of an extra 9.6 million cigarettes being smoked each day across the […]

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Voluntary Food Labelling Schemes Study

Subsector:Consumer protection
Published: January, 2014
Document type:Report

This market study for the European Commission included a pan-European behavioural experiment to test consumer willingness to pay for products associated with voluntary food labelling schemes. The study also included a web sweep of voluntary food labelling scheme in Europe, a consumer survey and assessment of schemes performance with the requirements of the 2010 Commission […]

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Using Behavioural Experiments to Identify Consumer Problems in Markets: Partitioned Pricing Practices

Subsector:Consumer and firm behaviour
Published: January, 2014
Document type:Presentation

This presentation at the OFT’s Economic Seminar series, considers how behavioural experiments can be used to identify problems consumers can have in markets and details an experiment completed for the OFT on partitioned pricing, the practice of splitting prices into parts. The study identifies that these pricing practices can reduce consumer welfare and lead to […]

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