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Preferences for Energy Efficiency vs. Renewables: How Much Does a Ton of CO2 Emissions Cost?

Anna Alberini, Andrea Bigano, Milan Ščasný () and Iva Zverinová
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Anna Alberini: AREC, University of Maryland and FEEM
Andrea Bigano: FEEM and CMCC
Iva Zverinová: Charles University, Environment Center

No 2016.64, Working Papers from Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

Abstract: Concerns about climate change are growing, and so is the demand for information about the costs and benefits of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. This paper seeks to estimate the benefits of climate change mitigation, as measured by the public’s willingness to pay for such policies. We investigate the preferences of Italian and Czech households towards climate change mitigation policy options directly related to residential energy use. We use discrete choice experiments, which are administered in a standardized fashion to representative samples in the two countries through computer-assisted web interviews. The willingness to pay per ton of CO2 emissions avoided is €132 Euro for the Italians and 94 Euro for the Czech respondents (at 2014 purchasing power parity). We find evidence of considerable heterogeneity in WTP driven by income. The two samples differ in their “domestic” income elasticities of WTP, but comparison across the two countries suggests an income elasticity of WTP of one.

Keywords: Energy-efficiency Incentives; Stated Preferences; CO2 Emissions Reductions; CO2 Mitigation Policies; Conjoint Choice Experiments; WTP for CO2 Emissions Reductions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q41 Q48 Q54 Q51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dcm, nep-ene, nep-env, nep-reg and nep-res
Date: 2016-11
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