Publications

Pre-contractual Information in Retail Energy Markets – Experimental Consumer Research – October 2018

Client:ec-dg-justice-consumers
Published: November, 2018
Document type:Report

The European Commission commissioned LE Europe, Deloitte and Ipsos to study pre-contractual information in retail energy markets. The study used desk research, stakeholder consultations, a consumer survey and a behavioural experiment to understand consumers’ decision-making, attitudes and switching behaviour, and how to improve clarity and comparability in energy prices, consumption and contractual information. The study […]

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Behavioural Study on Consumers’ Engagement in the Circular Economy – October 2018

Sector:Behavioural Economics
Client:european-commission-consumers-health-food-executive-agency-chafea
Published: October, 2018
Document type:Report

The objective of this study was to provide policy-relevant insights on consumers’ engagement in the circular economy. The study involved several research tasks including a literature review across all EU countries as well as third countries, stakeholder interviews, consumer focus groups in 4 EU countries, an online consumer survey in 12 EU countries and an […]

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Online Market Segmentation – Experimental Consumer Research and Economic Valuation – August 2018

Sector:Behavioural Economics
Client:ec-dg-justice-consumers
Published: September, 2018
Document type:Report

The European Commission commissioned LE Europe, Deloitte and Ipsos to study online personalised pricing and offers and targeted advertising. The study used desk research, stakeholder consultations, mystery shopping, a consumer survey and a behavioural experiment to understand how e-commerce websites use consumers’ personal information, and consumers’ attitudes and behaviour when faced with personalisation online. The […]

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Settling the Counterfactual Debate: Is There a Preferable Counterfactual when Estimating the Returns to Vocational Qualifications? – April 2018

Sector:Education
Client:centre-vocational-education-research
Published: April, 2018
Document type:Report

Using information from the Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data set, it is now possible to compare the characteristics and estimates for learners with different qualifications encompassing both types of counterfactuals used in the extant literature: learners in possession of qualifications at the ‘level-below’ and learners enrolling in similar vocational qualifications but failing to achieve (‘non-achievers’). […]

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Asset Management Market Study – Experimental Consumer Research and Focus Groups – April 2018

Sector:Behavioural Economics
Client:Financial Conduct Authority
Published: April, 2018
Document type:

As part of the FCA’s Asset Management Market study, LE Europe conducted a behavioural experiment to test the impact of different ways of presenting information on charges on the extent that retail investors pay attention to charges in their decision-making. Treatments tested included: warning investors about the impact of charges a) via a written message […]

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Now You See It: Drawing Attention to Charges in the Asset Management Industry – April 2018

Sector:Behavioural Economics
Client:Financial Conduct Authority
Published: April, 2018
Document type:

A behavioural experiment conducted by LE Europe formed the basis of the FCA’s Occasional Paper ‘Now you see it: drawing attention to charges in the asset management industry’. Our experiment tested the impact of different ways of presenting information on charges on the extent that retail investors pay attention to charges in their decision-making. The […]

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Using Behavioural Science to Drive Behaviour Change in Reducing Risks of STIs – March 2018

Sector:Behavioural Economics
Client:N/A
Published: March, 2018
Document type:Presentation

Dr Annette Cerulli-Harms spoke at the Public Policy Exchange conference on Student Sexual Health and Well Being on March 8th 2018 about how behavioural economics can be used to change the way we speak about sexual health. Annette explained the relevance of behavioural economics and cognitive biases in the area of public health including sexual […]

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Estimating the Costs Associated with the Student Support Offer – February 2018

Sector:Education
Client:london-economics-publication
Published: February, 2018
Document type:LE publication

With the potential review of higher education approaching, LE Europe have undertaken further modelling of the costs to the Exchequer associated with amending the interest charged on student loans, as well as the abolition of tuition fees. The analysis demonstrates that charging a 0% real rate of interest during study would cost the Exchequer £230 million per […]

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The Costs of Amending Student Support Arrangements – February 2018

Sector:Education
Client:london-economics-publication
Published: February, 2018
Document type:LE publication

With the potential review of higher education approaching, LE Europe have modelled the costs to the Exchequer associated with a reduction in tuition fees to £6,000 and the re-introduction of maintenance grants. The analysis demonstrates that the cost of cutting fees stands at £1.169 billion per cohort, while maintenance grants cost £360 million. Importantly, despite […]

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