Get your phone out of the drawer: revealed and stated preferences

Anat Tchetchik, Austin Nichols, Vered Blass

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With short life cycles and fast changes in technology, more and more cellphones arrive at the end-of-use stage while retaining economic value, and many are suitable for reuse and recycling. But consumers make privately optimal decisions disregarding social externalities, and we study both the determinants of their choices via a discrete-choice experiment, and the effect of an experimentally
assigned informational intervention on those choices. We present results from a comprehensive survey of 308 consumers conducted in Israel in 2014 using advanced discrete choice modeling with an efficient Bayesian design, and find that the informational intervention reduced decisional inertia for some consumers, lowered the propensity to trash an old phone, and decreased the intrinsic value of
storing an obsolete phone.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLATE – Product lifetimes and the environment
Subtitle of host publication3rd PLATE Conference, September 18–20, 2019 Berlin, Germany
EditorsNils F. Nissen, Melanie Jaeger-Erben
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherUniversitätsverlag der TU Berlin
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-7983-3125-9
StatePublished - 2021
EventPLATE - Product Lifetimes And The Environment: Proceedings 3rd PLATE CONFERENCE, BERLIN, GERMANY 18–20 September 2019 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 18 Sep 201920 Sep 2019
Conference number: 3


ConferencePLATE - Product Lifetimes And The Environment
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  • product lifetimes
  • environment
  • production
  • consumption
  • life cycle
  • Mobile phone
  • Recycling


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