Testing deontological warm glow motivation for carbon abatements

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Bråten, Ragnhild Haugli




Resource and Energy Economics

vol 38, 96-109

Sammendrag (engelsk)

Do people contribute to CO2 abatements even when these contributions are completely crowded out by a third party? This study reports from an experimental test of contributions to carbon abatements when the contributions are completely crowded out by the experimenter. Contributions are determined to decline by 44% compared to a policy in which the contributions are spent directly on carbon abatements. Still, contributions remain at 18% of endowments and are relatively stable over six rounds of the crowding-out policy. These results support previous psychological findings that a deontological warm glow is important for motivating environmentally friendly behavior.


Warm glow; Experiment; Climate change; Environmental contributions; Crowding out; Moral deontology


D03; H41; Q54

Prosjekt info:

Oppdragsgiver: Norges forskningsråd
Oppdragsgivers prosjektnr.: 209698
Frisch prosjekt: 3100 - Oslo Center for Research on Environmentally friendly Energy (CREE)