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

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  • Anna Bartczak

    (Faculty of Economic Sciences, Warsaw Ecological Economics Center , University of Warsaw)

  • Susan Chilton

    (Newcastle University Business School)

  • Jürgen Meyerhoff

    (Technische Universität Berlin, Institute for Landscape and Environmental Planning)

Abstract

This paper examines how risk preferences and loss aversion affect choices over a risky environmental good, wildfire prevention in Poland. We collect data in a stated preference survey that allows us to calculate both risk aversion and loss aversion parameters from individual respondents in both the financial and environmental domains. In doing so, we are able to confirm that this behaviour is consistent with prospect theory and holds for the majority of respondents. Additionally, we find little evidence of domain specificity of risk: responses to the financial risk questions were good predictors of responses to the environmental risk questions.

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  • Anna Bartczak & Susan Chilton & Jürgen Meyerhoff, 2014. "Wildfires in Poland: the impact of risk preferences and loss aversion on environmental choices," Working Papers 2014-08, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw.
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    risk preferences over financial and environmental domains; forest fires; loss aversion; probability weighting; prospect theory;
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    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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