nep-res New Economics Papers
on Resource Economics
Issue of 2020‒11‒30
two papers chosen by
Maximo Rossi
Universidad de la República

  1. Contingent Behavior and Asymmetric Preferences for Baltic Sea Coastal Recreation By Bertram, Christine; Ahtiainen, Heini; Meyerhoff, Jürgen; Pakalniete, Kristine; Pouta, Eija; Rehdanz, Katrin
  2. The role of climate change risk perception, response efficacy, and psychological adaptation in pro-environmental behavior: A two nation study By Graham Bradley; Zakaria Babutsidze; Andreas Chai; Joseph Reser

  1. By: Bertram, Christine; Ahtiainen, Heini; Meyerhoff, Jürgen; Pakalniete, Kristine; Pouta, Eija; Rehdanz, Katrin
    Abstract: In this study, we augment the traditional travel cost approach with contingent behavior data for coastal recreation. The objective is to analyze the welfare implications of future changes in the conditions of the Baltic Sea due to climate change and eutrophication. Adding to the literature, we assess the symmetricity of welfare effects caused by improvements and deteriorations in environmental conditions for a set of quality attributes. Responses are derived from identical online surveys in Finland, Germany and Latvia. We estimate recreational benefits using linear and non-linear negative binomial random-effects models. The calculated annual consumer surpluses are considerably influenced by the magnitude of the environmental changes in the three countries. We also observe asymmetries in the effects of environmental improvements and deteriorations on the expected number of visits. In particular, the results indicate that deteriorations lead to larger or more significant impacts than improvements in the case of blue-green algal blooms and algae onshore for Finland, water clarity for Germany, and water clarity and blue-green algal blooms for Latvia. For the remaining attributes, the effects are ambiguous.
    Keywords: Baltic Sea,Asymmetric preferences,Eutrophication,Valuation,Recreational benefits,Contingent behavior,Climate change,Water quality
    JEL: Q26 Q51
    Date: 2020
  2. By: Graham Bradley (Griffith University); Zakaria Babutsidze (Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques); Andreas Chai; Joseph Reser
    Abstract: As the actions of individuals contribute substantially to climate change, identifying factors that underpin environmentally-relevant behaviors represents an important step towards modifying behavior and mitigating climate change impacts. This paper introduces a sequential model in which antecedent psychological and sociodemographic variables predict climate change risk perceptions, which lead to enhanced levels of response efficacy and psychological adaptation in relation to climate change, and ultimately to environmentally-relevant behaviors. The model is tested and refined using data from large national surveys of Australian and French residents. As hypothesized, in both samples, risk perception (indirectly), response efficacy (both indirectly and directly), and psychological adaptation (directly) predicted behavior. However, these effects were stronger in the Australian than in the French sample, and other unexpectedly strong direct effects were also observed. In particular, subscribing to a “green” self-identity directly predicted all endogenous variables, especially in the French sample. The study provides valuable insights into the processes underlying environmentally-relevant behaviors, while serving as a reminder that effects on behavior may be nation-specific. Strategies are recommended for promoting pro-environmental behavior through the enhancement of a green identity, response efficacy, and psychological adaptation.
    Keywords: Climate change; Pro-environmental behavior; Risk perception; Response efficacy; Psychological adaptation; Green self-identity
    Date: 2020–04

This nep-res issue is ©2020 by Maximo Rossi. It is provided as is without any express or implied warranty. It may be freely redistributed in whole or in part for any purpose. If distributed in part, please include this notice.
General information on the NEP project can be found at For comments please write to the director of NEP, Marco Novarese at <>. Put “NEP” in the subject, otherwise your mail may be rejected.
NEP’s infrastructure is sponsored by the School of Economics and Finance of Massey University in New Zealand.