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Title: Can Defaults Save the Climate? Evidence from a Field Experiment on Carbon Offsetting Programs
Authors: Arana, Jorge E. 
León González, Carmelo Javier 
Keywords: Choice Contingent Valuation
Economics, et al
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: 0924-6460
Journal: Environmental and Resource Economics 
Abstract: Individual preferences for environmental policies can be influenced by the frame in which choices and decisions are presented. In this paper we present results of a field experiment on the contributions to carbon offsetting programs under two alternative treatments for the default option. The opt-in treatment asked subjects to pay for the policy proposal while the opt-out treatment asked subjects if they wanted to be excluded from payment for the policy proposal. The results show that the frame of the default option had a significant effect on the amount of money paid for the policy proposal. Subjects were more likely to accept the policy proposal if the default option was the opt-out treatment. The results have implications for the design of environmental policies.
ISSN: 0924-6460
DOI: 10.1007/s10640-012-9615-x
Source: Environmental & Resource Economics[ISSN 0924-6460],v. 54 (4), p. 613-626
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