Leading by example to protect the environment: Do the costs of leading matter?

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Abstract

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
Pages (from-to)344-363
JournalJournal of Conflict Resolution
Volume57
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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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.

In: Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol. 57, No. 2, 2013, p. 344-363.

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