Revealed Preferences for Climate Protection when the Purely Individual Perspective is Relaxed - Evidence from a Framed Field Experiment

50 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2013

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Andreas Löschel

University of Muenster - Chair of Microeconomics, esp. Energy and Resource Economics

Bodo Sturm

Leipzig University of Applied Sciences - HTWK Leipzig

Reinhard Uehleke

Leipzig University of Applied Sciences - HTWK Leipzig

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the real demand for climate protection when the purely individual perspective of existing revealed preference studies is relaxed. This is achieved in two treatments; first, we determine the information subjects receive about the demand revealed by other subjects in a similar decision making situation, second, collective action is implemented whereby all subjects are required to purchase the group’s median quantity at a given price. Participants in the experiment were offered the opportunity to contribute to climate protection by purchasing European Union Allowances. Allowances purchased were withdrawn from the European Emissions Trading Scheme. In our experiment, information about other subjects’ behaviour has no treatment effect on the demand for climate protection. Under collective action however, the probability of purchasing allowances is higher compared to the reference treatment situation, an individual contribution mechanism. Furthermore, we observe a strong correlation between subjects’ demand and their expectations about other participants’ behaviour. When collective action is not available, subjects’ expectations are consistent with free rider behaviour.

Keywords: Experimental economics, demand for climate protection, climate change, willingness to pay

JEL Classification: Q51, Q54, C93

Suggested Citation

Löschel, Andreas and Sturm, Bodo and Uehleke, Reinhard, Revealed Preferences for Climate Protection when the Purely Individual Perspective is Relaxed - Evidence from a Framed Field Experiment (2013). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 13-006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2217489 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2217489

Andreas Löschel (Contact Author)

University of Muenster - Chair of Microeconomics, esp. Energy and Resource Economics ( email )

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Germany

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Bodo Sturm

Leipzig University of Applied Sciences - HTWK Leipzig ( email )

Leipzig
Germany

Reinhard Uehleke

Leipzig University of Applied Sciences - HTWK Leipzig ( email )

Leipzig
Germany

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