Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/126314
Authors: 
Akpalu, Wisdom
Abidoye, Babatunde
Muchapondwa, Edwin
Simbanegavi, Witness
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2015/060
Abstract: 
A linear public good experiment has been employed to investigate strategic behaviour in pollution abatement among African climate decision-makers. The experiment consisted of three groups of which Group 1 did not receive any treatments, and Groups 2 and 3 received one and two treatments, respectively. We found that the untreated group (baseline) polluted more than the two treated groups, while there was no statistically significant difference between the pollution abatement of the two treated groups. The results suggest that public disclosure potentially drives pollution abatement and that its eventual withdrawal does not obliterate abatement behavior. We also find that pollution levels differ significantly between males and females. Furthermore, we learned that individuals who thought it was unfair for Africa to reduce emissions polluted more.
Subjects: 
public good experiment
pollution control
public disclosure
Africa
JEL: 
C91
C92
Q53
Q54
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-949-7
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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