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Ambient-Based Policy Instruments: The Role of Recommendations and Presentation


  • Spraggon, John
  • J. Oxoby, Robert


We explore the effects of recommended play and the presentation of payoff information on behavior in an ambient-based policy instrument experiment. Specifically, we test the effects of recommended play (via a description of marginal decision making) and a payoff table on the behavior of individuals facing an ambient-based policy instrument. We find that recommended play and the presentation of a payoff table increases the use of the socially optimal strategy, thereby increasing efficiency. These results suggest that providing decision makers with a richer description of the decision making environment significantly reduces decision error, significantly improving the efficiency of ambient-based policy instruments.
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  • Spraggon, John & J. Oxoby, Robert, 2010. "Ambient-Based Policy Instruments: The Role of Recommendations and Presentation," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 39(02), pages 262-274, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:agrerw:v:39:y:2010:i:02:p:262-274_00

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