(Ineffective) messages to encourage recycling: Evidence from a randomized evaluation in peru

Alberto Chong*, Dean Karlan, Jeremy Shapiro, Jonathan Zinman

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

There is growing interest in using messaging to drive prosocial behaviors, which contribute to investment in public goods. We worked with a leading nongovernmental organization in Peru to randomize nine different prorecycling messages that were crafted on the basis of best practices, prior evidence, and theories of behavioral change. Different variants emphasized information on environmental or social benefits, social comparisons, social sanctions, authority, and reminders. None of the messages had significant effects on recycling behavior. However, reducing the cost of ongoing participation by providing a recycling bin significantly increased recycling among enrolled households.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberlht022
Pages (from-to)180-206
Number of pages27
JournalWorld Bank Economic Review
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Development
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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