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Andy Burlinson

Andrew Burlinson is currently undertaking his 3rd year of PhD research at Warwick Business School. Andrew’s main research interests concern applied economics and econometrics.

Since 2013, he primarily used survey data and microeconometric techniques to investigate the consumers’ decision-making process underpinning the adoption of energy efficient technologies. Specifically, he explores whether behavioural factors (inattention and heuristics) and informational asymmetries (landlord-tenant problem) lead to potential inefficiencies in the energy efficiency market as well as the consequences for vulnerable consumers.

Andrew studied economics at Newcastle University (BSc) and the University of Nottingham (MSc) and is a member of the Royal Economic Society.

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Groups | PhD Supervisors | Funding

Groups: Economic Modelling and Forecasting and Global Energy Research Network

PhD Supervisors: Professor Monica Giulietti, Professor Giuliana Battisti and Professor James Mitchell

Funding: Western Power Distribution Studentship (FlexDGrid Project)

Research Interests | Current Thesis Research (Abstract)

• Applied microeconometrics • Consumer Behaviour • Intertemporal Decision-Making
• Energy and Environmental Economics • Energy Poverty
• Public Policy • Technology Adoption

Consumer adoption of energy efficient technologies:
Evidence from a UK district heating scheme


This paper investigates the decision-making process leading residential consumers to adopt energy efficient technologies on the basis of financial and other considerations; contributing to the debate about the so-called efficiency paradox. We explore the validity of various theories of consumer behaviour using information on the decision to connect to the district-heating system, a greener alternative to the prevailing individual heating systems, using a quasi-experimental survey of 784 households conducted in 2014. The results suggest an internal discount rate of at least 30 per cent for homeowners, a signal that consumers undervalue future energy costs. In addition, we find the household’s decision to be significantly and negatively affected by inattention and years of payback up to around 7 years. Our findings further suggest that neglecting inattention can lead to severe biases which cast doubt on the existence of the energy efficiency paradox. We believe these results help explain why consumers in the UK, particularly those on a low-income, are unlikely to invest in energy efficient technology.

Conference and workshop presentations


Consumer Adoption of Energy Efficient technologies: Evidence from a UK District-Heating Scheme

24/06/2016: Network of Industrial Economists, 6th Doctoral Colloquium, University of Nottingham, UK.

13/04/2016: The DEMAND Centre Conference 2016, Lancaster University, UK.

24/03/2016: Royal Economic Society Symposium of Junior Researchers 2016, University of Sussex, UK.

18/03/2016: #envecon2016 Applied Environmental Economics Conference, The Royal Society, London, UK.

17/12/2015: Midlands Energy Consortium PG Conference, University of Loughborough, UK.

26/06/2015: Network of Industrial Economists 5th Doctoral Colloquium, University of Nottingham, UK.

09/06/2015: 17th ZEW Workshop for Young Economists: Advanced Empirical Methods in Environmental and Innovation Economics, Mannheim, DE.

21/05/2015: Young Economists’ Meeting, Brno, CZ.

The Decision to Connect to District Heating: Evidence from a Survey in Birmingham

04/07/2014: Network of Industrial Economists 4th Doctoral Colloquium, University of Nottingham, UK.

14/03/2014: Vulnerable Consumer Workshop, University of East Anglia, UK.

Conferences and workshops attended

• Heating a Nation Conference, University of Warwick, UK.
• The Mind is Flat: the Shocking Shallowness of Human Psychology, Futurelearn (online).
• Nudgeathon, Warwick Business School, UK.
• Intertemporal Choice Workshop, Warwick Business School, UK.
• Network of Industrial Economists 3rd Doctoral Colloquium, University of Nottingham, UK.

Seminar Teaching

2014/2016: Econometrics 1, Department of Economics, University of Warwick, UK.

2013/2014: Statistical Techniques B, Department of Economics, University of Warwick, UK.

Teacher Training

Completed - Postgraduate Teaching and Learning in HE, University of Warwick, UK.

Completed - Warwick GTA Workshop, Economics Network, UK.

Teaching recognition and accrediation

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


WBS Award for outstanding contribution to teaching

3rd prize at the Midlands Energy Consortium Postgraduate Conference

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Andrew C. Burlinson

Contact Details
A dot C dot Burlinson at warwick dot ac dot uk

Education | Scholarships

2013/Present: 3rd Year PhD Researcher

WBS, University of Warwick, UK

• WPD PhD Studentship

2012/2013: MSc, Economics: Distinction University of Nottingham, UK

• 1st Class Scholarship (Nottingham)

2009/2012: BSc, Economics: 1st Class (Hons) Newcastle University/University of Groningen, UK/NL


2013/Present: Research Assistant
Western Power Distribution, UK

• Survey and experimental design

• Econometric and statistical analysis of:
1) Information delivery preferences
2) Energy consumtion and technology Adoption
3) Energy poverty and consumer vulnerability
4) Socio-economic impact of energy efficient technology (district heating)

2012 (Summer): Research Assistant
Newcastle University, UK

• Creating an experimental survey (protocol & design) to analyse preferences towards risk of non-fatal and fatal accidents • Data entry and analysis of the UK car insurance market.


2016-Present: Royal Economic Society