Empower the consumer! Energy-related financial literacy and its socioeconomic determinants

J.E. Blasch, Nina Boogen, Claudio Daminato, Massimo Filippini

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To be aware of the potential for energy savings in their homes, individuals need specific energy-related and financial knowledge. In addition, they also need the cognitive skills to apply this knowledge, for example when it comes to the calculation of the lifetime cost of household appliances or energy-efficient renovations. This set of knowledge and skills is related to two literacy concepts, i.e. energy and financial literacy. In this paper, we propose a new concept of literacy that we call “energy-related financial literacy”. Further, we present information on the level of financial literacy as well as on the level of energy-related financial literacy for a sample of European households. In the empirical part of the paper we estimate several ordered probit models in order to analyse the determinants of the level of energy-related financial literacy, with a particular interest to understanding the role of gender. Our results show that the level of energy-related financial literacy is relatively low and heterogeneous across the European countries. Moreover, the results confirm previous findings about the gender gap in financial literacy, with males being associated with higher levels of the index. We also identify such a gender gap for energy-related financial literacy.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationZurich
PublisherCER-ETH – Center of Economic Research at ETH Zurich
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)9783033046412
Publication statusPublished - May 2018

Publication series

NameCER-ETH Economics Working Paper Series
PublisherCER-ETH – Center of Economic Research at ETH Zurich


  • D12
  • D91
  • Q40
  • consumer awareness
  • energy knowledge
  • energy literacy
  • energy-related financial literacy
  • financial literacy

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