publication . Article . 2014

The Supply of Environmentalism: Psychological Interventions and Economics

Edward L. Glaeser;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2014 Journal: Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, volume 8, issue 2, pages 208-229
Long before behavioral economists began to combine economic theory with discoveries from psychology, environmentalists were nudging and framing and pushing their cause through psychological interventions. These interventions appear to have changed behavior by altering beliefs, norms, and preferences. However, because psychological interventions are often coarse, they have also resulted in inadvertent, offsetting side effects. This article discusses the interactions between environmental preference-making and economics, and then it examines three areas of environmental interest —electric cars, recycling, and local conservation efforts—where psychological interven...
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