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Non-monetary incentives for sustainable biomass harvest: An experimental approach

May Attallah, Jens Abildtrup and Anne Stenger

Working Papers of BETA from Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée, UDS, Strasbourg

Abstract: 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)
Date: 2021
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