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Risk Perceptions, Voluntary Contributions and Environmental Policy

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  • Johanna Etner

    (GAINS et EUREQua)

  • Meglena Jeleva

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    (LEN-C3E et EUREQua)

  • Pierre-André Jouvet

    (GAINS et GREQAM)

Abstract

This article study the impact of risk perception on environmental policy. The environmental quality is uncertain and can be improved by voluntary contributions. We introduce then an heterogeneity in individuals' risk perceptions. In this context, the social optimum can be decentralized by tax financed government subsidies to private provision. We distinguish the case of a government who represents perfectly agents' preferences from the case of a government with its own risk preferences. In the two cases, we show that neutrality still holds.

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Paper provided by Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1) in its series Cahiers de la Maison des Sciences Economiques with number v04097.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2004
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Handle: RePEc:mse:wpsorb:v04097

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Keywords: Risk perception; pessimism; optimism; environmental quality.;

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  1. Langlais, Eric, 2010. "Safety and the Allocation of Costs in Large Accidents," MPRA Paper 25710, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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