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Testing deontological warm glow motivation for carbon abatements

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  • Braaten, Ragnhild Haugli

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Do people contribute to CO2 abatements even when these contributions are completely crowded out by a third party? This study reports from an experimental test of contributions to carbon abatements when the contributions are completely crowded out by the experimenter. Contributions are determined to decline by 44% compared to a policy in which the contributions are spent directly on carbon abatements. Still, contributions remain at 18% of endowments and are relatively stable over six rounds of the crowding-out policy. These results support previous psychological findings that a deontological warm glow is important for motivating environmentally friendly behavior.

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  • Braaten, Ragnhild Haugli, 2014. "Testing deontological warm glow motivation for carbon abatements," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 38(C), pages 96-109.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:resene:v:38:y:2014:i:c:p:96-109
    DOI: 10.1016/j.reseneeco.2014.06.003
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    1. Monica Novackova & Richard S.J. Tol, 2018. "Climate Change Awareness and Willingness to Pay for its Mitigation: Evidence from the UK," Working Paper Series 0318, Department of Economics, University of Sussex.

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    Keywords

    Warm glow; Experiment; Climate change; Environmental contributions; Crowding out; Moral deontology;

    JEL classification:

    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming

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