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What determines urban households' willingness to pay for CO2 emission reductions in Turkey: A contingent valuation survey

Fikret Adaman, Nihan KaralI, Gürkan Kumbaroglu, Ilhan Or, Begüm Özkaynak and Ünal Zenginobuz ()

Energy Policy, 2011, vol. 39, issue 2, 689-698

Abstract: This paper explores Turkish urban households' willingness to pay (WTP) for CO2 emission reductions expected to result from improvements in power production. A face-to-face questionnaire, with a Contingent valuation (CV) module prepared using the double-bounded dichotomous choice elicitation framework, was administered to 2422 respondents representative of urban Turkey--a developing country with low but rapidly increasing greenhouse gas emissions. The determinants of WTP were identified by considering not only the impact of standard socio-economic factors but also the effects of environmental knowledge, attitudes and behaviour, the relevance of the identity of the collection agent (national versus international institutions) in terms of trust people have towards them, and the degree of perceived participation of others in the realization of the project. Our study confirms the existing literature in demonstrating that WTP figures reported by young and educated people that are active on environmental issues, and who also possess material security and environmental knowledge, are more likely to be high. However, their willingness to make contributions is hampered significantly by their belief that their fellow citizens will not contribute and the general lack of trust in institutions. Overall, this study may be taken as a call to eliminate governance-related uncertainties in climate change deals.

Keywords: Climate; change; Contingent; valuation; Turkey (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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