Effects of Personal Carbon Allowances on decision making: Evidence from an experimental simulation


Capstick, S. and Lewis, A., 2010. Effects of Personal Carbon Allowances on decision making: Evidence from an experimental simulation. Climate Policy, 10 (4), pp. 369-384.

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Behavioural influences of personal carbon trading (PCT) beyond those anticipated by pure price effects have been a theoretically attractive, yet empirically elusive, feature of such schemes. Computer-based simulation is used to examine the effects of participants' decisions on their personal carbon allocations within a PCT context. Evidence is presented about participants' tendencies to make more energy-conserving decisions as a consequence of attending to a restrictive and diminishing carbon allowance - independent of other financial and carbon cost information provided suggesting that a form of 'carbon budgeting' is occurring. Further measurements indicate that the extent of carbon reduction achieved within the simulated PCT framework varies according to pro-environmental attitudes. Evidence is also presented that the size of participants' footprints correlates inversely with support for PCT; and that pro-environmental attitudes correlate positively with support for PCT. The advantages and drawbacks of using simulations for examining behavioural responses to PCT are discussed.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsCapstick, S.and Lewis, A.
Uncontrolled Keywordsenergy demand,households,energy consumption,personal carbon trading,behaviour,personal responsibility
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
ID Code19406


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