nep-res New Economics Papers
on Resource Economics
Issue of 2015‒05‒16
five papers chosen by
Maximo Rossi
Universidad de la República

  1. Modeling pollution and economic growth: the effect of a lethal threshold By Asuka Oura; Yasukatsu Moridera; Koichi Futagami
  2. A Behavioral Approach to Understanding Green Consumerism Using Latent Class Choice Analysis By Peschel, Anne O.; Grebitus, Carola; Steiner, Bodo; Veeman, Michele
  3. Just Tell me What my Neighbors Do! Public Policies for Households Recycling By Ankinée Kirakozian; Christophe Charlier
  4. The concept of sustainable tourism as a competitive advantage Montenegro By Zoran Todorović
  5. Virtual Reality and Scope Sensitivity in a Choice Experiment About Coastal Erosion By Phillips, Yvonne; Marsh, Dan

  1. By: Asuka Oura (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University); Yasukatsu Moridera (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University); Koichi Futagami (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University)
    Abstract: The accumulation of pollution negatively impacts human health. Extreme increases in pollution, in particular, may have lethal implications for human beings|and, indeed, all living organisms. This paper thus devises a new model of economic growth that takes into account these lethal effects of accumulated pollution via a pollution threshold to show two key results. First, if an abatement technology is relatively inefficient, there exists a stationary steady state in which consumption and pollution stop growing. Second, if the abatement technology is sufficiently efficient, there exists a path along which pollution decreases at an accelerating rate until finally reaching zero. In this case, consumption grows at a constant rate.
    Keywords: Endogenous growth, Pollution disutility, Pollution abatement
    JEL: O44 Q52
    Date: 2015–04
  2. By: Peschel, Anne O.; Grebitus, Carola; Steiner, Bodo; Veeman, Michele
    Keywords: Consumer/Household Economics, Environmental Economics and Policy,
    Date: 2015–03
  3. By: Ankinée Kirakozian (University of Nice Sophia Antipolis; GREDEG CNRS); Christophe Charlier (University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France; GREDEG CNRS)
    Abstract: An important stand of the economic literature focuses on how to provide the right incentives for households to recycle their waste. This body of work includes a growing number of studies inspired by psychology that seek to explain waste sorting, and pro-environmental behavior more generally, and highlight the importance of social approval and peer effect. The present theoretical work explores this issue. We propose a model that considers heterogeneous households that choose to recycle based on three main household characteristics: environmental preferences, opportunity cost of their tax expenditure, and their self-image. The model is original in depicting the interactions among households which enable them to form beliefs on recycling and allows them to assess their self-image. These interaction are explored through the model simulations. We point to how individual recycling decisions depend on these interactions, and how the effectiveness of public policies related to recycling is affected by a crowding-out effect. We consider three complementary policies in the model simulations: provision of incentives to recycle through taxation, provision of information on the importance of selective sorting, and a 'localized' approach that takes the form of a 'nudge'. We use the results of the simulations to quantify the consequences of the crowding out effect on total residual waste. This paper makes an original contribution by showing that when the individual decision is influenced by an internalized peer attention, beliefs about others' intrinsic and extrinsic values can be more important than others' observed behaviors.
    Keywords: Household recycling, Waste, Environmental regulation, Behavioral economics, Computational Techniques
    JEL: D10 D03 Q53 Q58
    Date: 2015–05
  4. By: Zoran Todorović (Department of Tourism and Communication Sciences, University of Zadar, Zadar, Croatia)
    Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to support the thesis that the concept of sustainable tourism development around the world has good quality and at the same time consolidate the ecological, economic and sociological dimension. The biggest challenge of economic and social development today is to harmonize two seemingly conflicting requirements, requirements for quality of living - which includes a developed economy, and requirements for environmental protection. Design – Sustainable development is needed in all spheres of human activity as well as in tourism. This paper will discuss the concept of sustainable development and its relation to tourism and how it can use the same operational competitive advantages of Montenegro. Methodology – The research methodology includes examples of good practice, analysis of existing policy documents on the development of tourism in Montenegro. Access – There are special interests in the fragmentation of the basic units of local government - cities and municipalities - for the development of sustainable tourism and its competitiveness. Tourism can not be developed without affecting the environment, but it is possible to correct, strategic and integrated planning to manage tourism development, so that the negative impacts minimized. Findings – Sustainable development means the economic and social growth that can be achieved by providing balance between the evaluation of potential economic and social capacities, while fully respecting and integrating environmental principles. The implementation of sustainable development requires a strong partnership among all social structures. The originality of this research – Originality model consists in the fact that it refers to relatively wide region (in the European context) contains rich natural attractiveness and cultural and historical heritage. In this paper, we try to consider the concept of sustainable tourism development as well as sustainable tourism can take advantage of operational competitive advantages of Montenegro. Given that today tourism falls into one of the most important industries of Montenegro, planning and sustainable development is a prerequisite for its development in the future.
    Keywords: sustainable development, tourism, competitiveness, environment protection
    JEL: L83
  5. By: Phillips, Yvonne; Marsh, Dan
    Keywords: Environmental Economics and Policy, Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies, Teaching/Communication/Extension/Profession,
    Date: 2015–02

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