Julia Blasch

Julia Blasch
Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt · Sustainable Infrastructure

Dr. sc. ETH

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October 2021 - present
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • Research Associate in Environmental Economics
September 2021 - present
Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • Professor of Environmental and Sustainable Economics
February 2016 - September 2021
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Assistant Professor in Environmental Economics

Publications

Publications (49)
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Energy labels with compact information on the energy use of appliances have been adopted worldwide to encourage consumers to make informed investment decisions. This study examines whether communicating environmental emissions (CO2 and air pollutant emissions) on energy labels can increase the preferences for energy-efficient appliances, with a spe...
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Energy labels are used worldwide to overcome the inefficiency in household energy use. Presenting energy efficiency in grade-like categories has been found to induce heuristic decision-making, known as the “class valuation effect”. This study investigates whether visualising energy efficiency using a continuous-scale label increases consumers’ cons...
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Many individuals experience problems understanding and preparing for low-probability/high-impact risk, like natural disasters and pandemics-unless they experience these events, yet then it is often too late to avoid damages. Individuals with recent disaster risk experience are, on average, better prepared. This seems to be mediated through emotions...
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Consumers' limitations in assessing the lifetime cost of household appliances may sustain the much-cited energy efficiency gap. We analyse the impact of an individual's energy and investment literacy and two different types of decision support on the ability to identify the appliance with the lower lifetime cost in an online randomized controlled t...
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Given the gaps between EU ambitions regarding energy community development and the current reality of clean energy communities in Europe, we explore a research framework enabling viable multi- and interdisciplinary research into new clean energy communities. We offer a definition of new clean energy communities, discuss their potential for wider di...
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Even though a broad range of technologies for variable rate application of nitrogen fertiliser is available, there are hardly any documented cases of their use in Austria. In this study, the drivers and barriers of adoption have been investigated. A survey of 242 farmers in Lower Austria was conducted. The survey covered the farmers’ economic situa...
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Zusammenfassung Im Forschungsprojekt FATIMA (FArming Tools for external nutrient Inputs and water MAnagement) wurde ein integrierter Ansatz für die Optimierung des Stickstoffmanagements in der Landwirtschaft gewählt. Neben der technischen Komponente, die die Verarbeitung von Sentinel-2-Satellitendaten umfasste, wurden auch die sozio-ökonomischen As...
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Social norms are rules of behavior that are commonly approved by society and personal norms represent what people believe to be appropriate behavior for themselves. Nudges based on social norms (norm-nudges) can be compelling interventions compared to traditional interventions such as taxes and regulations, but they do not work in all circumstances...
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A shift to more sustainable diets is needed to ensure food security and to reduce the pressure on the environment. Yet, many consumers have misconceptions about the environmental impacts of their diets and lack knowledge on how to prepare sustainable meals. This study uses a mixed-methods approach to develop four information nudges and to test thei...
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Since the European Energy Efficiency Directive, a lot of attention has been paid to energy saving measures, including how to overcome the barriers for implementation. This paper addresses the dilemmas of the Dutch dairy sector, where farms are getting bigger and mechanization is increasing, while at the same time the sector is aiming for improved e...
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This paper presents a lab-in-the-field experiment with 2111 Dutch homeowners in floodplain areas to examine the impacts of financial incentives and behavioral motivations for self-insurance under different flood insurance schemes. We experimentally varied the insurance type (mandatory public versus voluntary private) and the availability of a premi...
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Precision farming (PF) technologies can help to mitigate the environmental impact of agriculture by reducing fertiliser use and irrigation while saving cost for the farmer. However, these technologies are not widely adopted in Europe. We study farmers' willingness to adopt PF technologies based on a choice experiment. Among other determinants, we e...
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Nudges and behavioral interventions have become a popular tool to stimulate pro-social behavior. Little is known, however, on how to design effective social interventions in contexts in which the descriptive norm is low, i.e. when a desirable behavior is only practiced by a minority within the respective reference group. Bringing climate-friendly b...
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Flooding is one of the most significant natural disasters worldwide. Nevertheless, voluntary take‐up of individual damage reduction measures is low. A potential explanation is that flood risk perceptions of individual homeowners are below objective estimates of flood risk, which may imply that they underestimate the flood risk and the damage that c...
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The determinants of farmers’ decisions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are currently not well understood. This study takes several new angles in investigating farmers’ climate change mitigation behaviour. Based on two identical surveys among representative samples of Dutch farmers, this study examines the underlying determinants and motiva...
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In a world in which economic losses due to natural disasters are set to increase, it is essential to study risk reduction strategies, including individual homeowner investments in damage-reducing (mitigation) measures. In this lab experiment (N = 357), we investigated the effects of different financial incentives, probability levels, and deductible...
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A shift to more sustainable diets is needed to ensure food security and to reduce the pressure on the environment. Yet, many consumers have misconceptions about the environmental impacts of their diets and lack knowledge on how to prepare sustainable meals. This study uses a mixed-methods approach to develop four information nudges and to test thei...
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We investigate how different types of energy feedback, combined with goal setting, impact on consumers' motivation to conserve electricity. Using an online survey, we test the influence of energy feedback in physical units (kWh), monetary values (EUR) and environmental values (avoided CO2 emissions). We asked participants to set themselves either a...
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Introduction More than 60% of the energy end-use consumption in Switzerland originates from fossil fuels. In 2014, the residential sector consumed nearly 30% of the total final energy consumption in Switzerland and about 58% of the energy end-use consumption of households was based on fossil fuels (BFE, 2015). Improving the energy efficiency in th...
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This paper estimates the level of transient and persistent efficiency in the use of electricity in Swiss households using the newly developed generalized true random effects model (GTREM). An unbalanced panel dataset of 1994 Swiss households from 2010 to 2014 collected via a household survey is used to estimate an electricity demand frontier functi...
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It is an ongoing debate how to increase the adoption of energy-efficient light bulbs and household appliances in the presence of the so-called ‘energy efficiency gap’. One measure to support consumers’ decision-making towards the purchase of more efficient appliances is the display of energy-related information in the form of energy-efficiency labe...
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It is an ongoing debate how to increase the adoption of energy-efficient light bulbs and household appliances in the presence of the so-called ’energy efficiency gap’. One measure to support consumers’ decision-making towards the purchase of more efficient appliances is the display of energy-related information in the form of energy-efficiency labe...
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We provide a theoretical and empirical analysis of individual offset behavior, with environmental offsets as a specific form of voluntary public good provision. While existing theoretical models on the voluntary provision of public goods usually focus exclusively on single motivations for individual contributions, we explicitly account for various...
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In this paper, we examine budget approaches as a device for burden sharing in mitigating climate change. The purpose of this comment is twofold: First, we provide an overview over the general concept of budget approaches and investigate into the role of such approaches within the current climate negotiations. Second, as these approaches have an obv...
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Using a contingent choice survey of US citizens, we investigate the influence of environmental art on individual willingness to purchase voluntary carbon offsets. In a split sample experiment, we compare the stated preferences of survey respondents in two different treatment groups to the preferences of a control group. One treatment group is shown...
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Using a contingent choice survey of US citizens, we investigate the influence of environmental art on individual willingness to purchase voluntary carbon offsets. In a split-sample experiment, we compare the stated preferences of survey respondents in two different treatment groups to the preferences of a control group. One treatment group is shown...
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Voluntary carbon offsets allow individuals to neutralise the CO2 emissions from their consumption. In a choice experiment among more than a thousand Swiss consumers, we analyse how the propensity to offset varies with consumption contexts and offset project attributes. The adopted latent class model accounts for heterogeneity in consumers’ preferen...
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Using a choice experiment conducted among more than a thousand Swiss consumers, we analyze the individual demand for voluntary carbon offsets in different contexts. The analysis is used to identify the consumers’ underlying motives for offsetting emissions, the context effects on their willingness to pay and the influence of the offsetting project...
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Unsere kohlenstoffbasierten Energiesysteme und Produktionsprozesse müssen schnell umgestaltet werden, um den Klimawandel abzuwenden. Je länger Entscheidungen hinausgezögert werden, desto teurer werden Klimaschutzmaßnahmen und desto größer wird auch das Ausmaß der Schäden. Doch die Transformation zu einer klimaverträglichen Weltgesellschaft ist notw...
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The paper discusses the importance of standards for sustainable bioenergy production. Sustainability of bioenergy production is crucial if bioenergy is supposed to contribute effectively to climate change mitigation. First, a brief overview of current bioenergy policies and of initiatives and legislation for bioenergy sustainability are given. Then...
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This paper describes the mechanisms that link poverty reduction with climate and energy policy. First, there is a brief analysis of the relationship between ongoing climate change, energy use and poverty. This analysis is followed by an overview of different policy options that have the potential to fight poverty while simultaneously limiting globa...
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Sustainability of bioenergy production is crucial if bioenergy is supposed to contribute effectively to climate change mitigation. The authors explore why under free market conditions undersupply of sustainable bioenergy will prevail. Two types of market failures are identified: information asymmetry and production externalities. Due to these marke...

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Analysing diverse forms of energy communities to understand their business models, value creation, benefits for members, system operators and society at large
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The project "Psychological social & financial barriers to energy efficiency" (PENNY) will design scientific experiments in the domain of consumer behaviour in order to improve the development of future energy efficiency policies. The project will assess the role played not only by extrinsic incentives, but also environmental self-identity, social values, bounded rationality, cognitive misperceptions as well as energy-related financial literacy in promoting energy efficient behavior. The Center for Energy Policy and Economics, is part of this research project. Further partners are the University of Münster (Germany), the University of Gronigen (Netherlands), the Research Institute "Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)" (Italy), the Polytechnic University of Milan (Italy) and the University of Debrecen (Hungary).