Green Consumers and Climate Policy: Reconciling Ostrom and Nyborg, Howarth and Brekke

Genève: Haute école de gestion de Genève, 2015. 14 p. Cahier de recherche No HES-SO/HEG-GE/C--15/2/1--CH

14 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2015

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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

Date Written: September 30, 2015

Abstract

Given the global public good properties of climate change mitigation, mitigation efforts have to rely on the willingness of individuals to voluntarily contribute to this public good, either under the form of “green” consumer behavior or through the acceptance of costly climate policy. This paper discusses and reconciles two seminal contributions identifying the rationales for voluntary efforts toward climate change mitigation. Based on the existing literature, it confirms that conditional cooperation may respond to perceived effectiveness and social norms, as suggested by the theory. When the social norm is not visible, conditional cooperation may rely on general beliefs of trustworthiness, i.e. trust. As a result, the conceptual framework of this paper supports the idea of reciprocal countries, thus contributing to endogenize the participation of countries to emissions abatement efforts and to international climate agreements.

Keywords: Social norms; Collective action; Pro-environmental behavior; Climate policy; Trust

JEL Classification: D70, F59, H23, M30, Q54, Q58

Suggested Citation

Carattini, Stefano, Green Consumers and Climate Policy: Reconciling Ostrom and Nyborg, Howarth and Brekke (September 30, 2015). Genève: Haute école de gestion de Genève, 2015. 14 p. Cahier de recherche No HES-SO/HEG-GE/C--15/2/1--CH, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2671328 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2671328

Stefano Carattini (Contact Author)

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