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Are experienced people affected by a pre-set default option—Results from a field experiment

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  • Löfgren, Åsa
  • Martinsson, Peter
  • Hennlock, Magnus
  • Sterner, Thomas

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The objective of the present paper is to investigate the robustness of the well-known result that pre-set default options determine people's choices. We do so by conducting a field experiment among environmental economists attending a large international conference on environmental economics. The participants were, at the time of registration, randomly allocated to different treatments related to carbon offsetting. What differs from earlier default studies is that our subjects have good knowledge about the good at hand. We investigate whether the choices of these experienced individuals are affected by a pre-set default option, and we also study the effect of a treatment with no pre-set default option. Our results, together with previous findings, indicate that the effect of a default option attenuates with experience.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Volume (Year): 63 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 66-72

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jeeman:v:63:y:2012:i:1:p:66-72

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Keywords: CO2 offsetting; Default option; Field experiment; Public goods;

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  1. Egebark, Johan & Ekström, Mathias, 2013. "Can Indifference Make the World Greener?," Research Papers in Economics 2013:12, Stockholm University, Department of Economics.
  2. Zack Brown & Nick Johnstone & Ivan Haščič & Laura Vong & Francis Barascud, 2012. "Testing the Effect of Defaults on the Thermostat Settings of OECD Employees," OECD Environment Working Papers 51, OECD Publishing.
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