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Adoption of alternative fuel vehicles: Influence from neighbors, family and coworkers
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration. Lund University School of Economics and Management, Box 7080, SE-220 07 Lund, Sweden. (RiseB)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2593-9439
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic history.
UiT the Arctic University of Norway, School of Business and Economics, Postboks 6050 Langnes, 9037 Tromsø, Norway.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics.
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2017 (English)In: Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, ISSN 1361-9209, E-ISSN 1879-2340, Vol. 54, 61-73 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During the last years, many governments have set targets for increasing the share of biofuels in the transportation sector. Understanding consumer behavior is essential in designing policies that efficiently increase the uptake of cleaner technologies. In this paper we analyze adopters and non-adopters of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs). We use diffusion of innovation theory and the established notion that the social system and interpersonal influence play important roles in adoption. Based on a nationwide database of car owners we analyze interpersonal influence on adoption from three social domains: neighbors, family and coworkers. The results point primarily at a neighbor effect in that AFV adoption is more likely if neighbors also have adopted. The results also point at significant effects of interpersonal influence from coworkers and family members but these effects weaken or disappear when income, education level, marriage, age, gender and green party votes are controlled for. The results extend the diffusion of innovation and AFV literature with empirical support for interpersonal influence based on objective data where response bias is not a factor. Implications for further research, environmental and transport policy, and practitioners are discussed.

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2017. Vol. 54, 61-73 p.
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Adoption, Alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), Interpersonal influence, Neighbor effect, Diffusion of innovation theory
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Business Administration Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Economic Geography Social Psychology
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consumer behavior; marketing; sustainability
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-135026DOI: 10.1016/j.trd.2017.04.012ISI: 000405976700005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-135026DiVA: diva2:1095933
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P11-0339
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Available from: 2017-05-16 Created: 2017-05-16 Last updated: 2017-08-21Bibliographically approved

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