On June 20-21, 2018, the Early-Career Behavioral Economics (ECBE) Conference will take place in Bergen, Norway.
Fifth Chilean EfD Workshop on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and Fourth Short Course to Policy Makers
Research Nucleus in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the University of Concepción is organizing the Fifth Workshop on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, 5th and 6th October 2017, and the Fourth Short course to policy makers on “Compliance and Enforcement of Environmental Policy and Management of Natural Resources”, 4th October 2017. It will take place at Termas de Catillo, Maule Region in Chile.
The 22nd Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, is taking place Zurich from June 22-25, 2016. Remember deadline for early registration is April 29. http://www.eaere2016.ethz.ch/
The EfD annual meeting is a forum to bring together researchers from EfD centers, their collaborators and other key stakeholders for exchange of research ideas, discussion of research proposals and presentation of results from EfD projects.
Representatives from all EfD centers meet to discuss and present their centers Research Policy Review plans
During EfD's seventh annual meeting, spring began to warm the Western Cape of South Africa creating a fertile environment for over 70 delegates to present fresh research findings and exchange knowledge and techniques.
Another presentation in the 2012 EfD-CA Seminar Series at CATIE.
Cape Town made international news during the three-year drought which threatened to shut down the city’s water supply at the height of the crisis in January 2018.
In January 2018, Cape Town came within three months of initiating ‘Day Zero’, the day when emergency rationing measures would kick in, and city utility managers would shut off water to homes in the suburbs, and to businesses outside of the city centre.
When it comes to getting people to change their behaviour around mindlessly throwing away single-use plastics, rather than re-using or recycling them, what small messages are most likely to prod them to break their bad habits? Does it help to put signs up in supermarkets, urging people to re-use their shopping bags? Or is it better to push up the price of the bag with a small tax?
As Cape Town faces the worst drought in a century, the city may need to shut off running water to homes and businesses in an effort to crisis-manage the last remaining water in the metropole's dams. ‘Day Zero’, as it has become known, is expected to arrive on 9 July, and may need to stay in place for three months.
Turn on the water tap in Cape Town, South Africa in March, and nothing will come out. For the Environment for Development researchers at the University of Cape Town, there’s nothing faraway about their work to help the city conserve water during this drought emergency.
Energy is arguably one of the major challenges in developing countries. Much research has been done on energy production, consumption and access, however energy reliability has been given less focus.
Colombian magazine Dinero interviewed EfD Senior Researcher Francisco Alpizar about Green Growth as the New Key to Global Development, with a special focus on Colombia.
CAPE TOWN: Appointing a water-saving ‘champion’ in an office block context could be one way that municipalities and companies in South Africa can respond quickly and cheaply to the water restrictions facing many parts of the country, following two years of severe drought.
This past June, EfD Central America researchers Laura Villalobos and Francisco Alpizar presented at the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 22nd Annual Conference in Zurich.
Charcoal use from cooking can be reduced by half if Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) stoves are subsidized. A consequence would be reduced premature deaths due to indoor air pollution, as well as saved forests in Eastern Africa.
The City of Cape Town has been working with EPRU to find an evidence-based answer to which methods are most effective in encouraging more prudent water use by the public. Prof Martine Visser, Dr Kerri Brick, and Johanna Brühl are behavioural economists at EPRU. The EPRU team was supported by Samantha De Martino from Sussex University, and Jorge Garcia from Cicero in Norway. The results assist the municipality to design policy that will help manage the city’s water supplies in an increasing climate change-stressed future. The study focuses on identifying which incentives best motivate households of different income levels to reduce their consumption.
EfD Central America Senior Researcher Francisco Alpizar participated in the OECD-Ten Conference: Behavioural Science in Public Policy: Being Green, Consumer Centric and with well-Functioning Markets and Organizations and in the OECD 2017 Meeting: Nudging for Good, Responsibly.
The EfD research project: Short- and long-term effects of exogenously reducing water collection times on school attendance, hours studying and time use: Meru County, Kenya; involves an experiment to reduce water collection time in a rural area in Kenya. This reduction is an important form of "time poverty" alleviation.
The Vernon Smith Center for Experimental Economics hosted the 4th Antigua Experimental Economics Conference held on 26 and 27 February at the Casa Popenoe, Antigua Guatemala and EfD-CA researches were present as part of the speakers participating in the workshop sessions.
A tattoo artist, a bread maker, a ‘spaza’ shop owner, and a hair stylist - all from the small town of Piketberg, in the wheat- and fruit-farming region about an hour’s drive north-east of Cape Town - have something unusual in common. And it’s all in their wallets.
Marcela Jaime recently defended her thesis: Essays on behavioral Economics and Policy Design. What it is about? My thesis is about unintended effects of behavioral and policy interventions and its effects on policy design. Unintended effects of policies, either positive or negative, are often referred to as spillover effects. Specifically, my thesis investigates spillover effects of monetary and non-monetary policy instruments for environment and natural resource management, in both developing and developed settings.
On Thursday and Friday this week, May 28-29, Maria Naranjo visits The Choice Lab. During her stay, she will discuss the design of the project "Risk taking and fairness: A lab in the field experiment with coffee farmers in Costa Rica”.
Fewer industrial firms would violate environmental legislation and a higher number would adopt cleaner technologies if environmental authorities would focus their monitoring efforts on companies with the most environmentally damaging technology. At a societal level, such a strategy would mean less pollution at the same or a lower cost of monitoring, according to a new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg’s School of Business, Economics and Law.
The objective of the workshop was to develop a scientific discussion in which we can think about the state of the art in Natural Resource Economics and the Environment in Chile.
Professor James Murphy from Department of Economics in College of Business and Public Policy at University of Alaska-Anchorage visit our center in January 2014 to continue the research collaboration with Professor Carlos Chávez in field experiments with fishermen.
Rural Chinese households are characterised by significant gender differences; men are more influential than women, and the genders also differ in the way they make decisions. Relative status is important to Chinese farmers. For women, spending money on clothes, restaurants and mobile phones signals status; mobile phones serve the same function for men. All of this is found in a new doctoral thesis from the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg.
Martin Persson to present book chapter of research by EfD at a conference and a workshop in Portland, USA
The conference is organized by Ecosystem Service Partnership and the workshop by CGIAR, ICRAF and CIFOR.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Centro Vernon Smith announces a three-day international conference to be held in Antigua Guatemala, October 25th-27th, 2012.
Ferraro is a Fulbright Scholar (2011-2012) and will be working at EfD-CA as guest researcher from January until June, 2012.
Economists in Latin America are moving beyond the prevailing ‘macro’ orientation of their research focusing more on questions linked to development and the use and management of the environmental resource base in the region.
Through gathering landowners’ experiences and actual practices in situ, researchers at EfD-CA Center work on confirming research findings, contextualize, validate research, and set new hypothesis.
Press release from Environmental Economics Unit, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, 2011-05-13
In his doctoral thesis, economist Nam Pham Khanh shows that people are generally willing to cooperate and that social influences strongly affect how much individuals choose to contribute to a shared resource. His research was featuring in a half-page article in the Science part of NRC Handelsblad, one of the major national newspapers in the Netherlands, April 13, 2011:
LACEEP's XI Biannual Short Course.
Press release from Environmental Economics Unit, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, 2011-03-18
EfD-CA at CATIE began study sponsored by The Tinker Foundation
EfD-CA del CATIE inició estudio de dos años en el tema de pagos por servicios ambientales (PSA) financiado con fondos de la Fundación Tinker
This project about the congestion charge in Beijing is in three parts. Each part will look at different aspects of the congestion charge, one is on valuation of travel time, the other will analyse the effects of the congestion charge policy on different commuting modes and the experiment is on hypothetical bias and individuals stated preferences in transportation studies.
This research project will study if and how procedural fairness concerns affect coordination such as in the provision on threshold public goods. The provision of such goods can be modeled as a coordination game with several, non-pareto-rankable equilibria. Without any additional mechanisms, coordination on an efficient equilibrium has proven to be difficult: Who should contribute, and how much? For example, in the case where the contribution of one individual is enough to provide the public good: Who should be the volunteer?
In this project, we implement carefully designed field experiments in urban Tanzania to investigate if poor households do overweigh low-probability events. We also investigate time preference behaviors of the same subjects.
The aim of this project is twofold. First, by testing the theory of strategic ignorance in real purchase decisions, we analyze whether the existing lab results are transferable to everyday decisions of consumers. Second, if evidence is found in favor of strategic ignorance, it can have important implications for environmental policy because it sheds light on the efficiency of information provision to consumers by using for example eco- labels and certifications.
The project includes two studies. One project is on possible differences in subjective and objective risks in four different zones with different malaria exposure, and whether a person´s subjective risk can explain his/her use of bed nets. The other is on the problem of resistance in malaria medication.
Neoclassical microeconomic theory of the consumer postulates that a rational consumer maximizes utility subject to a budget constraint. The direct implication of this theory is that the source of the income does not affect consumption behavior.
In countries such as Tanzania, the vast majority of the rural population does not have access to basic household electricity. Could solar power serve as a substitute? We evaluate the socio-economic impact of distributing solar lights to households, with a particular emphasis on children's educational attainment.
This project will use the tools of experimental economics to study behavioral issues related to both the protection of a common-pool resource from poaching by outsiders, and the enforcement of rules and norms to maintain compliance within a group. The experiments are motivated by the Chilean abalone (loco) fishery and will be conducted in the field with members of local artisanal fishing
Exploring the role of index insurance on farmers’ adaptation to climate change strategies: a field experiment with Costa Rican coffee farmers
Understanding farmers’ responses to climate change is fundamental for the design of adaptation strategies in developing countries.
Beijing’s rapid economic growth in recent years has induced enormous transportation demand. Nowadays, congestion and air pollution caused by increasing use of cars are perceived as some of the most pressing problems in Beijing.