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Title: The potential behavioural effect of personal carbon trading: results from an experimental survey
Authors: Zanni, Alberto M.
Bristow, Abigail L.
Wardman, Mark
Keywords: Personal carbon trading
Carbon taxes
Domestic energy
Climate change
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: ZANNI, A.M., BRISTOW, A.L. and WARDMAN, M., 2013. The potential behavioural effect of personal carbon trading: results from an experimental survey. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, 2 (2), pp.222-243.
Abstract: This paper contributes to the debate on the effectiveness of carbon trading schemes when contrasted with carbon taxes in reducing environmental externalities. An experimental survey explored individual’s behavioural response to a personal carbon trading (PCT) scheme, or a carbon tax (CT), both affecting personal transport and domestic energy choices. Responses were two stage, firstly whether to change behaviour or not, and secondly how much to change. Results from the first stage indicate that those on high incomes and car users were less likely to change their behaviour, whilst those who had already changed their behaviour due to concern about climate change, lived in larger households or faced the CT were more likely to change. The second stage revealed fewer significant effects, the impact of already changing behaviour persisted and this case those who faced PCT were likely to make greater changes. Both schemes appear to be capable of reducing individual carbon consumption, however, the evidence on effectiveness of a PCT relative to a simpler CT is mixed and insufficient to make a strong case for such a complex scheme over a more straightforward tax.
Description: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/21606544.2013.782471
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/21606544.2013.782471
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/12914
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21606544.2013.782471
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