All pages with keywords: behaviour

Cooperation in the climate commons

a research article by Stefano Carattini, Simon Levin, Alessandro Tavoni 10 July, 2019

Climate change is a global externality that has proven difficult to address through formal institutions alone due to the public good properties of climate change mitigation and the lack of … read more »


Social and natural capital is the wealth all around us and we should invest in it

a commentary by Dimitri Zenghelis 27 March, 2019

Dimitri Zenghelis explores the fundamental concept of social capital, a key means of creating societal trust, and explains the necessity of investing in social capital for climate change and environmental policies to be successful read more »


Mind over matter – how expectations generate sustainable wealth

Mind over matter – how expectations generate sustainable wealth

a commentary by Dimitri Zenghelis 19 March, 2019

Dimitri Zenghelis writes on how our expectations of the future shape the world and how we generate wealth, and determine whether and how we meet our climate and sustainability targets. read more »


Adding fuel to fire? Social spillovers and spatial disparities in the adoption of LPG in India

a working paper by Suchita Srinivasan, Stefano Carattini 8 February, 2019

This paper investigates the role of ‘social spillovers’ – people learning from and imitating the behaviour of other people – in the adoption of new technologies, with a focus on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in India. The conclusions are important for policymakers seeking to hasten the switch to cleaner energy sources in developing countries. read more »


Social interactions and the adoption of solar PV: evidence from cultural borders

Social interactions and the adoption of solar PV: evidence from cultural borders

a working paper by Stefano Carattini, Martin Péclat, Andrea Baranzini 5 November, 2018

This paper investigates the role of ‘social spillovers’ in the adoption of new technologies. The authors find that the French-German language border in Switzerland acts as a barrier to social interactions and, eventually, to the adoption of new technologies – in this case solar PV. read more »


Seeing red, but acting green? Experimental evidence on charitable giving and affect towards biodiversity

Seeing red, but acting green? Experimental evidence on charitable giving and affect towards biodiversity

a working paper by Ganga Shreedhar, Susana Mourato 27 August, 2018

This research investigates how different audio-visual information on conservation influences charitable donation behaviour and emotions. read more »


Researchers find that endangered bats could raise as much money as lions for wildlife charities

Press release 27 August, 2018

Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that so-called ‘non-charismatic’ animals, such as bats, could be used just as effectively as lions for fundraising by wildlife charities. A study published … read more »


Communicating resourcefully: A natural field experiment on environmental framing and cognitive dissonance in going paperless

Communicating resourcefully: A natural field experiment on environmental framing and cognitive dissonance in going paperless

a working paper by Greer Gosnell 8 June, 2018

Following a study of customers of a renewable energy provider in the UK, this paper explores the potential for environmental information and dissonance-inducing messaging to encourage resourceful behaviour, finding that such information and imagery are ineffective in inducing behaviour change. read more »


Crime is in the air: the contemporaneous relationship between air pollution and crime

a working paper by Malvina Bondy, Sefi Roth, Lutz Sager 26 April, 2018

Using data for London, this research finds that elevated levels of air pollution have a positive and statistically significant impact on overall crime – and therefore that improving air quality in urban areas through tighter environmental policy may provide a cost-effective way to reduce crime. read more »


Trust and CO2 emissions: Cooperation on a global scale

a working paper by Ara Jo, Stefano Carattini 23 March, 2018

This paper finds that the culture of cooperation sustained by trust within a country positively affects international cooperative behaviour, showing that an increase in trust between citizens results in larger cuts in carbon dioxide emissions. read more »