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.
|Creators||Capstick, S.and Lewis, A.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords||energy demand, households, energy consumption, personal carbon trading, behaviour, personal responsibility|
|Departments||Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology|
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