Climate Change: Behavioral Responses from Extreme Events and Delayed Damages

Riccardo Ghidoni, G. Calzolari, Marco Casari

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Abstract

Understanding how to sustain cooperation in the climate change global dilemma
is crucial to mitigate its harmful consequences. Damages from climate change typically occurs after long delays and can take the form of more frequent realizations of extreme and random events. These features generate a decoupling between emissions and their damages, which we study through a laboratory experiment. We find that some decision-makers respond to global emissions, as expected, while others respond to realized damages also when emissions are observable. On balance, the presence of delayed/stochastic consequences did not impair cooperation. However, we observed a worrisome increasing trend of emissions when damages hit with delay.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherCentER, Center for Economic Research
Number of pages45
Volume2017-024
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2017

Publication series

NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2017-024

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Keywords

  • Social dilemma
  • Experiments
  • Greenhouse gas
  • pollution

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Ghidoni, R., Calzolari, G., & Casari, M. (2017). Climate Change: Behavioral Responses from Extreme Events and Delayed Damages. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2017-024). Tilburg: CentER, Center for Economic Research.