Environmental and Resource Economics

, Volume 46, Issue 4, pp 539–565 | Cite as

Household Adoption of Water-Efficient Equipment: The Role of Socio-Economic Factors, Environmental Attitudes and Policy

  • Katrin Millock
  • Céline Nauges


Using survey data of around 10,000 households from 10 OECD countries, we identify the driving factors of household adoption of water-efficient equipment by estimating Probit models of a household’s probability to invest in such equipment. The results indicate that environmental attitudes and ownership status are strong predictors of adoption of water-efficient equipment. In terms of policy, we find that households that were both metered and charged for their water individually had a much higher probability to invest in water-efficient equipment compared to households that paid a flat fee.


Attitudes Metering Residential water use Technology adoption 

JEL Classification

D12 O33 Q25 Q58 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Paris School of Economics, CNRS, Centre d’Economie de la SorbonneUniversité Paris 1 Panthéon-SorbonneParis Cedex 13France
  2. 2.Toulouse School of Economics (LERNA-INRA)ToulouseFrance

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