Non-monetary incentives for sustainable biomass harvest: An experimental approach
Jens Abildtrup and
Working Papers of BETA from Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée, UDS, Strasbourg
In this article, we use an experimental approach to test the effect of non-monetary incentives that can guide harvest professionals into adopting new sustainable harvesting practices. First, we test the effect of signing a declaration that commits wood buyers who voluntarily sign it to act in a sustainable manner. Second, we test the effect of priming by activating a concept of sustainability on subjects’ behaviour. Our results provide evidence that signing a declaration is more effective than priming in inducing subjects to act in a sustainable manner when personal and collective interests are not aligned and there are financial incentives to make decisions that are against environmental sustainability. From a public policy point of view, a declaration is an effective tool and easy to implement by institutions aiming at fostering pro-environmental behaviour.
Keywords: Timber harvest; Laboratory experiment; Non-monetary incentives; Commitment; Priming. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 Q23 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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