Economic theory and policy prescriptions traditionally rely on the assumption of selfish, rational agents. Clearly, this approximation is descriptively inaccurate in the context of environmental issues. Recent advances in theory and methodology now allow economists to rigorously treat social norms and ethical principles, and to study how these affect actual behavior and consequently the effects of public policies.
This project will
1. Test experimentally the underlying motivation for environmental behavi or, and discuss what are its behavioral and market implications.
2. Discuss normative issues related to strategic use of environmental information by the government.
3. Test econometrically to what extent workers consider high corporate social responsi lity as part of their job?s compensation package, and to what extent those who do so are more responsible and productive workers.
4. Study theoretically how private R&D in environmental friendly technologies is affected by the existence of green agents ( customers, employees, management and the government).
5. Examine how trade in pollution permits is affected by norms that view such trade as a stigma, and how technological change affects these norms and the willingness to trade over time.