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The Economics of Environmental Policy

Behavioral and Political Dimensions Edited by Thomas Sterner, Professor of Environmental Economics and Jessica Coria, Associate Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Environmental Policy is an increasingly important subject as we enter an era where environmental issues are affecting all walks of life. This informative collection provides a guide through the behavioral and political foundations of environmental economic policy. It includes an in-depth view of the current economic discipline whilst incorporating research from other social and behavioral sciences. Students and scholars as well as environmental policy makers will find this an essential tool to navigate the political and behavioural issues that we have to understand in order to resolve some of the biggest political issues of our time.
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environment
  • Environmental Economics
Environmental Policy is an increasingly important subject as we enter an era where environmental issues are affecting all walks of life. This informative collection provides a guide through the behavioral and political foundations of environmental economic policy. It includes an in-depth view of the current economic discipline whilst incorporating research from other social and behavioral sciences. Students and scholars as well as environmental policy makers will find this an essential tool to navigate the political and behavioural issues that we have to understand in order to resolve some of the biggest political issues of our time.
48 articles, dating from 1992 to 2015
Contributors include: F. Alpizar, S. Barrett, J. Coria, W. Harrington, O. Johansson-Stenman Kahneman, J. Shogren, T. Sterner, J. Tirole, K. Viscusi
Contents:

Research Review Thomas Sterner and Jessica Coria

PART I BEHAVIORAL DIMENSIONS
A Bounded Self–Interest
1. Roland Bénabou and Jean Tirole (2003), ‘Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation’, Review of Economic Studies, 70 (3), July, 489–520

2. Kjell Arne Brekke, Snorre Kverndokk and Karine Nyborg (2003), ‘An Economic Model of Moral Motivation’, Journal of Public Economics, 87 (9–10), September, 1967–83

3. Olof Johansson–Stenman and James Konow (2010), ‘Fair Air: Distributive Justice and Environmental Economics’, Environmental and Resource Economics, Special Issue: Behavioral Economics and the Environment, 46 (2), June, 147–66

4. Elizabeth Gsottbauer and Jeroen C. J. M. van den Bergh (2013), ‘Bounded Rationality and Social Interaction in Negotiating a Climate Agreement’, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 13 (3), September, 225–49

5. Matthew E. Kahn (2007), ‘Do Greens Drive Hummers or Hybrids? Environmental Ideology as a Determinant of Consumer Choice’, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 54 (2), September, 129–45

6. Francisco Alpizar, Fredrik Carlsson and Olof Johansson–Stenman (2008), ‘Anonymity, Reciprocity, and Conformity: Evidence from Voluntary Contributions to a National Park in Costa Rica’, Journal of Public Economics, 92 (5–6), June, 1047–60

7. Noah J. Goldstein, Robert B. Cialdini and Vladas Griskevicius (2008), ‘A Room with a Viewpoint: Using Social Norms to Motivate Environmental Conservation in Hotels’, Journal of Consumer Research, 35 (3), October, 472–82

8. Jen Shang and Rachel Croson (2009), ‘A Field Experiment in Charitable Contribution: The Impact of Social Information on the Voluntary Provision of Public Goods’, Economic Journal, 119 (540), October, 1422–39

9. Hunt Allcott (2011), ‘Social Norms and Energy Conservation’, Journal of Public Economics, Special Issue: The Role of Firms in Tax Systems, 95 (9–10), October, 1082–95

10. Ernst Fehr and Andreas Leibbrandt (2011), ‘A Field Study on Cooperativeness and Impatience in the Tragedy of the Commons’, Journal of Public Economics, Special Issue: The Role of Firms in Tax Systems, 95 (9–10), October, 1144–55

11. Paul J. Ferraro, Juan Jose Miranda and Michael K. Price (2011), ‘The Persistence of Treatment Effects with Norm-Based Policy Instruments: Evidence from a Randomized Environmental Policy Experiment’, American Economic Review, 101 (3), May, 318–22

12. Alessandro Tavoni, Astrid Dannenberg, Giorgos Kallis, and Andreas Löschel (2011), ‘Inequality, Communication, and the Avoidance of Disastrous Climate Change in a Public Good Game’, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108 (29), July, 11825–9

13. W. Kip Viscusi, Joel Huber and Jason Bell (2011), ‘Promoting Recycling: Private Values, Social Norms, and Economic Incentives’, American Economic Review, 101 (3), May, 65–70

14. Dora L. Costa and Matthew E. Kahn (2013), ‘Energy Conservation “Nudges” and Environmental Ideology: Evidence from a Randomized Residential Electricity Field Experiment’, Journal of the European Economic Association, Themed Issue: Social Norms: Theory and Evidence from Laboratory and Field, 11 (3), June, 680–702

B Bounded Rationality
15. Larry Karp (2005), ‘Global Warming and Hyperbolic Discounting’, Journal of Public Economics, 89 (2–3), February, 261–82

16. Kjell Arne Brekke and Olof Johansson–Stenman (2008), ‘The Behavioural Economics of Climate Change’, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 24 (2), Summer, 280–97

17. John M. Gowdy (2008), ‘Behavioral Economics and Climate Change Policy’, Journal of Economics Behaviour and Organization, 68 (3–4), December, 632–44

18. Fredrik Carlsson (2010), ‘Design of Stated Preference Surveys: Is There More to Learn from Behavioral Economics?’, Environmental and Resource Economics, Special Issue: Behavioral Economics and the Environment, 46 (2), June, 167–77

19. Cameron Hepburn, Stephen Duncan and Antonis Papachristodoulou (2010), ‘Behavioural Economics, Hyperbolic Discounting and Environmental Policy’, Environmental and Resource Economics, 46 (2), June, 189–206

20. James K. Hammitt (2013), ‘Positive versus Normative Justifications for Benefit–Cost Analysis: Implications for Interpretation and Policy’, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 7 (2), Summer, 199–218

21. Juan Camilo Cardenas, John Stranlund and Cleve Willis (2000), ‘Local Environmental Control and Institutional Crowding–Out’, World Development, 28 (10), October, 1719–33

22. Heinz Welsch (2002), ‘Preferences over Prosperity and Pollution: Environmental Valuation based on Happiness Surveys, Kyklos, 55 (4), November, 473–94

23. John A. List (2003), ‘Does Market Experience Eliminate Market Anomalies?’, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 118 (1), February, 41–71

24. Daniel Kahneman and Robert Sugden (2005), ‘Experienced Utility as a Standard of Policy Evaluation’, Environmental and Resource Economics, Anomalies and Stated Preference Techniques, 32 (1), September, 161-81

25. Charles R. Plott and Kathryn Zeiler (2005), ‘The Willingness to Pay–Willingness to Accept Gap, the “Endowment Effect,” Subject Misconceptions, and Experimental Procedures for Eliciting Valuations’, American Economic Review, 95 (3), June, 530–45

26. Katrin Rehdanz and David Maddison (2005), ‘Climate and Happiness’, Ecological Economics, 52 (1), January, 111–25

27. Daniel Pichert and Konstantinos V. Katsikopoulos (2008), ‘Green Defaults: Information Presentation and Pro-Environmental Behaviour’, Journal of Environmental Psychology, 28 (1), March, 63–73

28 W. Kip Viscusi, Joel Huber and Jason Bell (2008), ‘Estimating Discount Rates for Environmental Quality from Utility-Based Choice Experiments’, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 37 (2–3), December, 199–220

29. Jason F. Shogren, Gregory M. Pankhurst and Prasenjit Banerjee (2010), ‘Two Cheers and a Qualm for Behavioral Environmental Economics’, Environmental and Resource Economics, Special Issue: Behavioral Economics and the Environment, 46 (2), June, 235–247

30. Kelly Sims Gallagher and Erich Muehlegger (2011), ‘Giving Green to Get Green? Incentives and Consumer Adoption of Hybrid Vehicle Technology’, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 61 (1), January, 1–15

31. Steffen Kallbekken, Stephan Kroll and Todd L. Cherry (2011), ‘Do You Not Like Pigou, or Do You Not Understand Him? Tax Aversion and Revenue Recycling in the Lab’, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 62 (1), July, 53–64

PART II POLITICAL DIMENSIONS
A Political Economy of Environmental Policy, Institutions and Distributional Effects
32. Gert Tinggard Svendsen (1999), ‘U.S. Interest Groups Prefer Emission Trading: A New Perspective’, Public Choice, 101 (1–2), October, 109–28

33. Niels Anger, Christoph Böhringer and Andreas Lange (2015), ‘The Political Economy of Energy Tax Differentiation Across Industries: Theory and Empirical Evidence’, Journal of Regulatory Economics, 47 (1), February, 78–98

34. Per G. Fredriksson, Eric Neumayer, Richard Damania and Scott Gates (2005), ‘Environmentalism, Democracy, and Pollution Control’, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 49 (2), March, 343–65

35. John A. List and Daniel M. Sturm (2006), ‘How Elections Matter: Theory and Evidence from Environmental Policy’, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 121 (4), November, 1249–81

36. Scott Barrett (1998), ‘Political Economy of the Kyoto Protocol’, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 14 (4), December, 20–39

37. Nathaniel O. Keohane (2009), ‘Cap and Trade, Rehabilitated: Using Tradable Permits to Control U.S. Greenhouse Gases’, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 3 (1), Winter, 42–62

38. Meredith Fowlie, Stephen P. Holland and Erin T. Mansur (2012), ‘What do Emissions Markets Deliver and to Whom? Evidence from Southern California’s NOx Trading Program’, American Economic Review, 102 (2), April, 965–93

39. Ralf Martin, Mirabelle Muûls, Laure B. de Preux and Ulrich J. Wagner (2014), ‘Industry Compensation under Relocation Risk: A Firm–Level Analysis of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme’, American Economic Review, 104 (8), August, 2482–508

40. Roger D. Congleton (1992), ‘Political Institutions and Pollution Control’, Review of Economics and Statistics, 74 (3), August, 412–21

41. Dietrich Earnhart (1997), ‘Enforcement of Environmental Protection Laws under Communism and Democracy’, Journal of Law and Economics, 40 (2), October, 377–402

42. Thomas Bernauer and Vally Koubi (2013), ‘Are Bigger Governments Better Providers of Public Goods? Evidence from Air Pollution’, Public Choice, 156 (3–4), September, 593–609

B Dealing with Political Constraints in Policy Design
43. Mark Pearson (1995), ‘The Political Economy of Implementing Environmental Taxes’, International Tax and Public Finance, 2 (2), August, 357–73

44. Gebhard Kirchgässner and Friedrich Schneider (2003), ‘On the Political Economy of Environmental Policy’ Public Choice, 115 (3–4), June, 369–96

45. Robert W. Hahn (2009), ‘Greenhouse Gas Auctions and Taxes: Some Political Economy Considerations’, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 3 (2), Summer, 167–88

46. Gilbert E. Metcalf (2009), ‘Designing a Carbon Tax to Reduce U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions’, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 3 (1), Winter, 63–83

47. Toke S. Aidt (2010), ‘Green Taxes: Refunding Rules and Lobbying’, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 60 (1), July, 31–43

48. Winston Harrington, Alan J. Krupnick and Anna Alberini (2001), ‘Overcoming Public Aversion to Congestion Pricing’, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 35 (2), February, 87–105

Index