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The regulation of non-point source pollution and risk preferences: An experimental approach

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  • Camacho-Cuena, Eva
  • Requate, Till

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Many environmental problems, notably arising from agriculture, can be classified as non-point source pollution problems. In this paper we present results of an experimental study on the performance of three mechanisms designed to deal with such problems: collective fining, random fining, and a tax-subsidy scheme. We find that the fining schemes induce under-abatement, a feature being enforced with experience. We further elicit the participants' risk attitude and show that the performance of collective fining is not affected by the subjects' risk preferences. Under a system based on random fining the performance of the mechanism worsens in the presence of risk seeking subjects. However, coordination on over-abatement under the tax-subsidy can be alleviated if subjects are risk averse.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Ecological Economics.

Volume (Year): 73 (2012)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 179-187

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:73:y:2012:i:c:p:179-187

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Keywords: Non-point source pollution; Environmental policy; Risk attitude; Economic experiments;

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  1. Alfarano, Simone & Eva, Camacho & Josep, Domènech, 2010. "Estimation of a simple genetic algorithm applied to a laboratory experiment," MPRA Paper 24138, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. James Shortle & Richard D. Horan, 2013. "Policy Instruments for Water Quality Protection," Annual Review of Resource Economics, Annual Reviews, vol. 5(1), pages 111-138, June.

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