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Behavioral-evolutionary analysis of climate policy: Bounded rationality, markets and social interactions

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Project "EVOCLIM" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙943˙924 €
 EC max contribution 1˙943˙924 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-01-01   to  2022-12-31


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 Project objective

Distinct climate policies are studied with incomparable approaches involving unique criteria and impacts. I propose to unite core features of such approaches within a behavioral-evolutionary framework, offering three advantages: evaluate the effectiveness of very different climate policy instruments in a consistent and comparative way; examine policy mixes by considering interaction between instruments from a behavioral as well as systemic perspective; and simultaneously assessing policy impacts mediated by markets and social interactions. The key novelty is linking climate policies to populations of heterogeneous consumer and producers characterized by bounded rationality and social interactions. The resulting models will be used to assess the performance of policy instruments – such as various carbon pricing and information provision instruments – in terms of employment, equity and CO2 emissions. The approach is guided by 5 goals: (1) test robustness of insights on carbon pricing from benchmark approaches that assume representative, rational agents; (2) test contested views on joint employment-climate effects of shifting taxes from labor to carbon; (3) examine various instruments of information provision under distinct assumptions about social preferences and interactions; (4) study regulation of commercial advertising as a climate policy option in the context of status-seeking and high-carbon consumption; and (5) explore behavioral roots of energy/carbon rebound. The research has a general, conceptual-theoretical rather than a particular country focus. Given the complexity of the developed models, it involves numerical analyses with parameter values in realistic ranges, partly supported by insights from questionnaire-based surveys among consumers and firms. One survey examines information provision instruments and social interaction channels, while another assesses behavioral foundations of rebound. The project will culminate in improved advice on climate policy.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Paolo Zeppini, Jeroen C.J.M. van den Bergh
Global competition dynamics of fossil fuels and renewable energy under climate policies and peak oil: A behavioural model
published pages: 110907, ISSN: 0301-4215, DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2019.110907
Energy Policy 136 2020-03-05
2020 Feng Liu, Jeroen C.J.M. van den Bergh
Differences in CO2 emissions of solar PV production among technologies and regions: Application to China, EU and USA
published pages: 111234, ISSN: 0301-4215, DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2019.111234
Energy Policy 2020-03-05
2019 Sibylle Braungardt, Jeroen van den Bergh, Tessa Dunlop
Fossil fuel divestment and climate change: Reviewing contested arguments
published pages: 191-200, ISSN: 2214-6296, DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2018.12.004
Energy Research & Social Science 50 2020-01-30
2019 Lewis C King, Jeroen C J M van den Bergh
Normalisation of Paris agreement NDCs to enhance transparency and ambition
published pages: 84008, ISSN: 1748-9326, DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ab1146
Environmental Research Letters 14/8 2020-01-30
2019 Sara Maestre-Andrés, Stefan Drews, Jeroen van den Bergh
Perceived fairness and public acceptability of carbon pricing: a review of the literature
published pages: 1-19, ISSN: 1469-3062, DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2019.1639490
Climate Policy 2020-01-30
2019 Jeroen C.J.M. van den Bergh, Ivan Savin, Stefan Drews
Evolution of opinions in the growth-vs-environment debate: Extended replicator dynamics
published pages: 84-100, ISSN: 0016-3287, DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2019.02.024
Futures 109 2020-01-30
2019 Lea Marie Heidbreder, Isabella Bablok, Stefan Drews, Claudia Menzel
Tackling the plastic problem: A review on perceptions, behaviors, and interventions
published pages: 1077-1093, ISSN: 0048-9697, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.02.437
Science of The Total Environment 668 2020-01-30
2019 Drews, S., J. van den Bergh, S. Maestre
Aceptaríamos en España un impuesto al carbono?
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The Conversation 2020-01-30
2019 Théo Konc, Ivan Savin
Social reinforcement with weighted interactions
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI:
Physical Review E 2020-01-30
2019 Stefan Drews, Ivan Savin, Jeroen C.J.M. van den Bergh
Opinion Clusters in Academic and Public Debates on Growth-vs-Environment
published pages: 141-155, ISSN: 0921-8009, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.11.012
Ecological Economics 157 2020-01-30

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