Paying for Climate Change Policies in Europe

30 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2005

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Joni Hersch

Vanderbilt University - Law School; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management; Vanderbilt University - College of Arts and Science - Department of Economics

W. Kip Viscusi

Vanderbilt University - Law School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Vanderbilt University - Department of Economics; Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management; Vanderbilt University - Strategy and Business Economics

Date Written: February 2005

Abstract

Global climate change is of official concern at the national level throughout Europe and is mirrored in individual data. Examination of 1999 Eurobarometer survey data with respondents from 15 European countries indicates that respondents who are very worried about global warming risks are willing to increase the price of petrol by a higher percentage, if higher prices would cause less harm to the environment. Support for higher petrol prices increases with income and education, and declines steadily with age, reflecting the diminished private benefit that older respondents derive from environmental policies with deferred impacts.

Keywords: global warming, climate change, willingness to pay, gasoline taxes

JEL Classification: Q25, H23

Suggested Citation

Hersch, Joni and Viscusi, W. Kip, Paying for Climate Change Policies in Europe (February 2005). Harvard Law and Economics Discussion Paper No. 503. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=670322 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.670322

Joni Hersch

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W. Kip Viscusi (Contact Author)

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Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management

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Nashville, TN 37203
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Vanderbilt University - Strategy and Business Economics ( email )

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United States

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