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Non-monetary incentives for sustainable biomass harvest: An experimental approach

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  • May Attallah
  • Jens Abildtrup
  • Anne Stenger

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In this article, we use an experimental approach to test the effect of non-monetary incentives that can guide harvest professionals into adopting new sustainable harvesting practices. First, we test the effect of signing a declaration that commits wood buyers who voluntarily sign it to act in a sustainable manner. Second, we test the effect of priming by activating a concept of sustainability on subjects’ behaviour. Our results provide evidence that signing a declaration is more effective than priming in inducing subjects to act in a sustainable manner when personal and collective interests are not aligned and there are financial incentives to make decisions that are against environmental sustainability. From a public policy point of view, a declaration is an effective tool and easy to implement by institutions aiming at fostering pro-environmental behaviour.

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  • May Attallah & Jens Abildtrup & Anne Stenger, 2021. "Non-monetary incentives for sustainable biomass harvest: An experimental approach," Working Papers of BETA 2021-20, Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée, UDS, Strasbourg.
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    Keywords

    Timber harvest; Laboratory experiment; Non-monetary incentives; Commitment; Priming.;
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    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • Q23 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Forestry
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth

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