Climate change

Effects of scarcity on pro-social nudges

This project aims at mapping the potential interactions between various forms of scarcity on the performance of pro-social/ green nudges. Specifically, we use laboratory and field experiments to test whether economic, cognitive, and social scarcity change decision-makers proneness to nudges that aim to reduce negative externalities.

Transparent Nudges

This project evaluates the impact of transparency on nudge-performance.

Nudging or coercing people to protect the climate?

Even though there is some disagreement as to who is responsible for climate change, it is beyond substantial scientific doubt that climate change is a major threat for humanity in the 21st century. However, there still is doubt among the public. Why? There is an intuitively appealing theory why this is the case: Solution aversion. The theory attempts to explain why Republicans are much more likely to deny the reality of man-made climate change, while Democrats tend to accept it as fact. The model proposes that people deny the existence of a problem partly or primarily because they disagree with the solutions that have been proposed to solve the problem. In the case of climate change these proposed solutions would be regulations that disagree with what conservatives favor: market solutions.