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Wildfires in Poland: The impact of risk preferences and loss aversion on environmental choices

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  • Bartczak, Anna
  • Chilton, Susan
  • Meyerhoff, Jürgen

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This paper examines how risk preferences and loss aversion affect individual choices regarding environmental risks, specifically forest wildfires in Poland. We also examine how the same individuals make choices in the context of financial risks. Estimating risk, loss aversion and weighting probability parameters allows us to directly test whether Prospect Theory or Expected Utility Theory is the better underlying behavioural model in both domains. We find that in a sample consisting of a general population of Poles, the majority of respondents demonstrate behaviour consistent with Prospect Theory in both environmental and financial domains. This finding has significant implications for future non-market valuation studies. Additionally, in this study, we find evidence for similar risk preferences across those two domains.

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  • Bartczak, Anna & Chilton, Susan & Meyerhoff, Jürgen, 2015. "Wildfires in Poland: The impact of risk preferences and loss aversion on environmental choices," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 116(C), pages 300-309.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:116:y:2015:i:c:p:300-309
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.05.006
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    Keywords

    Risk preferences over financial and environmental domains; Forest fires; Loss aversion; Probability weighting; Prospect Theory;

    JEL classification:

    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects
    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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