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Climate Change: Behavioral Responses from Extreme Events and Delayed Damages

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Understanding how to sustain cooperation in the climate change global dilemma
is crucial to mitigate its harmful consequences. Damages from climate change typically occurs after long delays and can take the form of more frequent realizations of extreme and random events. These features generate a decoupling between emissions and their damages, which we study through a laboratory experiment. We find that some decision-makers respond to global emissions, as expected, while others respond to realized damages also when emissions are observable. On balance, the presence of delayed/stochastic consequences did not impair cooperation. However, we observed a worrisome increasing trend of emissions when damages hit with delay.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherCentER, Center for Economic Research
Number of pages45
StatePublished - 4 May 2017

Publication series

NameCentER Discussion Paper

    Research areas

  • Social dilemma, Experiments, Greenhouse gas, pollution


  • 2017-024

    Submitted manuscript, 816 KB, PDF-document

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