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Title:Voluntary emission reductions, social rewards, and environmental policy PDF Logo
Authors:Rauscher, Michael
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 1838
Abstract:Social norms and intrinsic motivations lead to environmentally friendly behaviour even in the absence of environmental policy. This paper looks at the interactions of social norms and environmental regulation in their impact on individual behaviour. People obtain social rewards for voluntary abatement efforts. These social rewards may be crowded out by environmental regulation taking the shape of standards or taxes. Moreover, the paper shows that environmental externalities and externalities related to social norms interact and that an optimal environmental policy should consider both types of externalities. From a general welfare point of view, emission taxes are superior to emission standards, but people responsive to social rewards prefer standards.
JEL:H3
Z13
Q28
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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