The Psychology of Pollution Control

in Arden Rowell and Kenworthey Bilz, The Psychology of Environmental Law (NYU Press, 2021)

University of Illinois College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 20-23

21 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2020 Last revised: 15 Sep 2020

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Arden Rowell

University of Illinois College of Law

Kenworthey Bilz

University of Illinois College of Law

Date Written: June 26, 2020

Abstract

This chapter argues that exploring the psychology of pollution perception and response can help in crafting more effective regimes for pollution control. The impacts of pollution—like other environmental problems—are often diffuse, complex, and nonhuman in character. Furthermore, pollution itself often generates an affective, disgusted response, and perceptions of pollution risk are mediated by who is polluting. Each of these characteristics has implications for managing human behaviors that create, promote, or reduce pollution. As a result, understanding the psychology of pollution control can help in understanding, predicting, and evaluating how existing environmental policies shape human behavior, and in crafting policies that are better at controlling pollution.

Keywords: pollution, psychology, economics, environmental law

JEL Classification: K32, Q50, Q52, Q53, Q57

Suggested Citation

Rowell, Arden and Bilz, Kenworthey, The Psychology of Pollution Control (June 26, 2020). in Arden Rowell and Kenworthey Bilz, The Psychology of Environmental Law (NYU Press, 2021), University of Illinois College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 20-23, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3636511 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3636511

Arden Rowell (Contact Author)

University of Illinois College of Law ( email )

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Kenworthey Bilz

University of Illinois College of Law ( email )

504 E. Pennsylvania Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820
United States

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