Leading by Example to Protect the Environment; Do the Costs of Leading Matter?

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Environmentalists often urge their home countries to take a leading role in reducing global environmental problems like climate change. A pertinent question is: will examples set by leading nations influence others to follow suit, and if so, do the costs of leading matter? For instance, will costly domestic reductions have a stronger effect on followers than purchases of cheap emission permits abroad? To investigate these questions we have conducted two treatments in a public bad experiment in which leaders have different costs of leading. Our findings suggest that higher costs of leading lead to stronger effects of a given leader example. Randomly chosen leaders lead by example and set better examples if it is less costly to do so. Finally, there seems to be a limit to the leader effect and it may decrease over time.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherEconomics
Volume2011-043
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2011-043

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Keywords

  • experiment
  • leadership
  • public bad
  • climate change

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van der Heijden, E. C. M., & Moxnes, E. (2011). Leading by Example to Protect the Environment; Do the Costs of Leading Matter? (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2011-043). Tilburg: Economics.
van der Heijden, E.C.M. ; Moxnes, E. / Leading by Example to Protect the Environment; Do the Costs of Leading Matter?. Tilburg : Economics, 2011. (CentER Discussion Paper).
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Leading by Example to Protect the Environment; Do the Costs of Leading Matter? / van der Heijden, E.C.M.; Moxnes, E.

Tilburg : Economics, 2011. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2011-043).

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