Pity the Pig Over Cushioning Climate Change - A Referendum Choice Experiment on Meat Taxation

19 Pages Posted: 13 May 2022 Last revised: 30 Aug 2023

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Grischa Perino

University of Hamburg

Henrike Schwickert

University of Hamburg

Date Written: May 11, 2022

Abstract

Externalities from the production and consumption of meat could be addressed by a meat tax. In a referendum choice experiment with 2855 participants, we elicited support for a meat tax varying the following characteristics: tax level, justification of the tax, degree of differentiation and salience of behavioral effects. Only for the lowest tax level tested (on average €0.19/kg), all tax variants received support from a majority of voters. Across all tax levels, support is larger if the charge is justified by animal welfare rather than climate change mitigation. Only small differences can be found for differentiated vs. uniform taxes. Raising the salience of subjective assessments of behavioral responses to a meat tax before voting increases support rates equally for uniform and differentiated tax schemes. While the introduction of a meat tax remains politically challenging, we recommend policymakers to clearly communicate underlying reasons for the tax and its intended effect on behavior to the public.

Keywords: meat consumption, meat tax, carbon pricing, pigouvian tax, tax reform, animal welfare, referendum, choice experiment

JEL Classification: D8, D91, H23, Q18

Suggested Citation

Perino, Grischa and Schwickert, Henrike, Pity the Pig Over Cushioning Climate Change - A Referendum Choice Experiment on Meat Taxation (May 11, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4107543 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4107543

Grischa Perino

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Henrike Schwickert (Contact Author)

University of Hamburg ( email )

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Hamburg, 20354
Germany

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