Behavioural Economics and the Environment
A Research Companion
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Humans have long neglected to fully consider the impact of their behaviour on the environment. From excessive consumption of fossil fuels and natural resources to pollution, waste disposal, and, in more recent years, climate change, most people and institutions lack a clear understanding of the environmental consequences of their actions. The new field of behavioural environmental economics seeks to address this by applying the framework of behavioural economics to environmental issues, thereby rationalizing unexplained puzzles and providing a more realistic account of individual behaviour.
This book provides a complete and rigorous overview of environmental topics that may be addressed and, in many instances, better understood by integrating a behavioural approach. This volume features state-of-the-art research on this topic by influential scholars in behavioural and environmental economics, focussing on the effects of psychological, social and cognitive factors on the decision-making process. It presents research performed using different methods and data collection mechanisms (e.g. laboratory experiments, field experiments, natural experiments, online surveys) on a variety of environmental topics (e.g. sustainability, natural resources).
This book is a comprehensive and innovative tool for researchers and students interested in the behavioural economics of the environment and in the design of policy interventions aimed at reducing the human impact on the environment.
Table of Contents
1 An introduction to the behavioural economics of the environment
ALESSANDRO BUCCIOL, ALESSANDRO TAVONI AND MARCELLA VERONESI
I Behavioral factors and environmental sustainability
2 A behavioral (economics) framework for sustainable transformation
MATTHIAS MAYER, MAXIMILIAN BURGER AND BJORN VOLLAN
3 Farmer heterogeneity and the greening of agriculture: The role of behavioural and financial-economic factors in explaining farming practices
MARK J. KOETSE AND JETSKE A. BOUMA
4 How are social preferences of youth related to their motivations to invest in environmental conservation (local public goods)?
STEIN T. HOLDEN AND MESFIN TILAHUN
5 Why do fishermen comply with regulations? The role of preferences
FLORIAN DIEKERT, YUANHAO LI , L INDA NOSTBAKKEN AND ANDRIES RICHTER
6 Training, locus of control and sustainable land management in Upper West Ghana
ANGELA DOKU, SALVATORE DI FALCO AND VANJA WESTERBERG
II Experiments on behavioural economics and the environment
7 Why do outsiders make donations to public good providers?
NATALI E STRUWE, KRISTINA BOGNER AND ESTHER BLANCO
8 The impact of participatory interventions on pro-social behaviour in environmental and natural resource management: Evidence from the lab and the field
JUAN FELIPE ORTIZ-RIOMALO, ANN-KATHRIN KOESSLER AND STEFANIE ENGEL
9 Comparative feedback and fairness in promoting cooperation: Laboratory evidence from a common-pool resource experiment
GREER K. GOSNELL AND DOROTHEA K. HERREINER
10 The choice of institutions to promote cooperation in the lab
ASTRID DANNENBERG AND CARLO GALLIER
11 The announcement effect: Early warnings of future thresholds under different framing and risk contexts
MARTINE VISSER AND ALEX CHILD
III Nudges and environmental behaviour
12 On the use of behavioural instruments to affect individual waste production and disposal decisions
SUSANNA MANCINELLI AND MARIANGELA ZOLI
13 A critical assessment of the effectiveness of low-carbon nudges
STEFAN DREWS AND JEROEN C. J .M. VAN DEN BERGH
14 When green nudges (don’t) work
IV Unexpected shocks, environment, and behavioural consequences
15 A shock doctrine for the climate: Pro-environmental behavior following natural disasters
HAKAN LANE, JAYANNA KILLINGSWORTH AND ANA RITA FARIAS
16 Spillover effects of natural disasters on human capital
JAYASH PAUDEL AND HANBYUL RYU
17 Mitigating negative consequences of unexpected environmental shocks: PES programs, climate uncertainty, insurance, and inspections
J. FORREST WILLIAMS, ARNAB MITRA AND SAHAN T. M. DISSANAYAKE
18 Priming prosocial behavior and expectations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic: Evidence from an online experiment
VALERIA FANGHELLA, THI-THANH-TAM VU AND LUIGI MITTONE
Alessandro Bucciol is Professor of Econometrics at the University of Verona, Italy. His fields of research are household finance, behavioural economics, economic policy analysis and, in general, applied micro-econometrics. Among other topics, his research focusses on unethical behaviour, policy evaluation and pro-environmental decisions.
Alessandro Tavoni is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Bologna, Italy. His research spans several topics in environmental economics, primarily related to overcoming behavioural and political economy barriers to cooperation in the (climate) commons. This is tackled through a combination of game theory models, surveys, laboratory and field experiments in an effort to shed light on potential solutions to environmental dilemmas.
Marcella Veronesi is Professor of Applied Economics at the Technical University of Denmark and Associate Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Verona, Italy. Her fields of research are applied micro-economics, environmental economics, and behavioural economics. Her research focusses on topics related to the economics of health and the environment, climate change adaptation and education, renewable energy technology adoption, food security in developing countries and the non-market valuation of public goods.