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The Effects of Information and Network on Non-Point Source Pollution: A Laboratory Experiment

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dc.contributor.advisor Li, Tongzhe Roy, Danielle 2021-09-13T21:19:36Z 2021-09-13T21:19:36Z 2021-09 2021-09-02
dc.description.abstract This research employs a laboratory experiment to analyze the impact of information networks, an emissions-reduction technology subsidy, and a pro-abatement nudge on non-point source (NPS) pollution levels. Participants made input and technology decisions which generated pollutants under an ambient tax. Three information treatments are evaluated in a 3x2 design, orthogonal to a nudge. When combined with the nudge, the ambient mechanism induces socially optimal emissions levels when no information on others’ technology adoption and/or subsidy provision is known. Under certain conditions, observing another’s technology adoption is found to increase an individual’s own likelihood of adoption. Subsidies are found to lower pollutants and increase adoption regardless of the level of information flows in a network. The findings suggest that subsidies and nudges may be effective in reducing NPS levels, but that care must be taken when incentivizing producers in scenarios with high information flows regarding others’ technology adoption. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs [“Behavioural Economics for Best Management Practices Adoption,” OMAFRA (s) Alliance - Tier I]; Genome Canada [“Environmental DNA ('eDNA'), Meta-barcoding and Transcriptional Profiling to Improve Sustainability of Freshwater Fisheries and Fish Culture”]. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Guelph en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International *
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dc.subject Behavioural economics en_US
dc.subject Laboratory Experiment en_US
dc.subject Best Management Practice en_US
dc.subject Non-point source pollution en_US
dc.subject Subsidies en_US
dc.subject Ambient Policy en_US
dc.subject Information network en_US
dc.subject Applied economics en_US
dc.subject Experimental economics en_US
dc.subject Environmental economics en_US
dc.subject Agricultural economics en_US
dc.subject Nudge en_US
dc.title The Effects of Information and Network on Non-Point Source Pollution: A Laboratory Experiment en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics en_US University of Guelph en_US

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