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Incentives for Information Provision: Energy Efficiency in the Spanish Rental Market

Xueying Bian and Natalia Fabra ()

No 13270, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: We build a search model with asymmetric information regarding houses´ energy efficiency. The objective is to shed light on the house owners` incentives to obtain and disclose energy certificates (ECs) in the rental market. Such incentives depend not only on the rent premium for more efficient houses - as has been widely documented - but also on the rent penalty for unlabeled houses. Interestingly, we show that such a penalty is higher the greater the disclosure rate of ECs. The theoretical predictions are empirically quantified in the context of the Spanish rental market.

Keywords: adoption rate; asymmetric information; energy efficiency; rental market (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-10
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