Economic Prescriptions and Public Responses to Climate Policy

Genève : Haute école de gestion de Genève, 2014. 18 p. Cahier de recherche No HES-SO/HEG-GE/C-14/3/1--CH

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Andrea Baranzini

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland - Geneva School of Business Administration

Metin Caliskan

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland - Geneva School of Business Administration

Stefano Carattini

Yale University - Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Science; London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

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Date Written: November 1, 2014

Abstract

Public acceptability is one of the main barriers to the implementation of carbon taxes. Qualitative evidence based on a sample of individuals interviewed in Geneva, Switzerland, shows that the general public would not tackle climate change as economists suggest. The gap concerns not only the choice of climate policy’s instruments (i.e. pull versus push measures), but also its specific design in the case of carbon taxes. In this respect, the gap is driven by a diffused perception of environmental ineffectiveness of carbon taxes, which goes hand in hand with distrust in the government and a strong demand for earmarking carbon tax revenues for environmental purposes. Our empirical findings are consistent with the recent literature on the public’s preferences on environmental policy design and provide new evidence for the need to reconsider the conventional approach to economic instruments and environmental tax reforms. Reducing resistance to the implementation of Pigouvian taxes cannot abstract from providing effective responses to the concerns emphasized by the general public.

Keywords: Climate policy, Carbon tax, Social responses, Public acceptability

Suggested Citation

Baranzini, Andrea and Caliskan, Metin and Carattini, Stefano, Economic Prescriptions and Public Responses to Climate Policy (November 1, 2014). Genève : Haute école de gestion de Genève, 2014. 18 p. Cahier de recherche No HES-SO/HEG-GE/C-14/3/1--CH. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2531593 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2531593

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Metin Caliskan

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland - Geneva School of Business Administration ( email )

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Switzerland

Stefano Carattini

Yale University - Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Science ( email )

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