|July 3, 2022||Arrival of students and faculty members|
|Welcome reception in the evening|
|July 4 - July 8, 2022||Summer School: Lectures by faculty in the morning, student presentations in the afternoon|
|July 9, 2022||Summer School: Student presentations in the morning|
|Participation mandatory until noon on July 9, 2022|
Theme for Day 1: The drivers of environmental behavior, and the implications for env. policy design
- Description of the theme: Environmental behaviors are driven by a large number of factors. These include personal characteristics (like identity, values and beliefs), social and contextual factors (like the behaviors of one’s peers, or the (in-)convenience of pro-environmental actions) and external factors (including the costs and benefits of environmentally (un-)friendly behavior). And even if people have the intention to reduce their environmental impact, they do not always take the intended actions – because of behavioral biases (like a lack of self-control). In the lectures on this first day we discuss the drivers of environmental behavior from both an economic and a psychological viewpoint, as well as the implications for environmental policy design.
- Lecturers: Linda Steg and Daan van Soest
Theme for Day 2: Testing behavioral theory and measuring impact.
- Description of the theme: The main workhorse for testing behavioral theory and measuring the effectiveness of environmental policy effectiveness is the experimental method – lab-, field- and lab-in-the-field. In this session we will offer a primer in experimental design, including a discussion of the importance of statistical power (chances of finding an effect if there is one, replicability) as well as how experimental design can help improve it. We will also cover how experimental methods can help uncover the underlying mechanisms driving behavior, and the role of mediator and moderator values therein. The insights obtained in this session will also provide a lens through which one can assess the quality and reliability of key papers in behavioral economics and the environment.
- Lecturers: Daan van Soest and Timo Goeschl
Theme for Day 3: Preferences and Motivations
- Description of the theme: Environmental policies can target the benefits and costs of pro-environmental behavior, but they can also aim at fostering people’s intrinsic motivation to reduce their environmental impact. The lectures on the third day will focus on assessing at the relative effectiveness of the different types of policies and interventions in terms of environmental outcomes (or under what circumstances the one approach is likely to outperform the other), as well as on other outcome variables of interest (such as welfare and/or happiness).
- Lecturers: Linda Steg and Marco Casari
Theme for Day 4: Overcoming the tragedy of the commons
- Description of the theme: Environmental outcomes are the result of the behavior of many different individuals, and the decision whether or not to contribute to environmental protection depends on one’s own preferences, but also on how one expects others to behave. Field-experimental evidence is still scarce on this, but important insights on human’s propensity to cooperate have been obtained by both laboratory and internet experiments. In this session experimental evidence is presented on how to foster human cooperation with respect to environmental protection, and how institutions may be formed that subsequently sustain that behavior.
- Lecturers: Timo Goeschl and Astrid Dannenberg:
Theme for Day 5: Sustaining cooperation in combatting climate change
- Description of the theme: Environmental problems are typically viewed as social dilemmas. While it is in our joint interest to cooperate, each of us has a strong incentive to defect. However, environmental problems can also take on the form of coordination games – because of ecosystem dynamics, or because policy instruments change the nature of the environmental problem from a social dilemma into a coordination game. In this session we will discuss the role of information and uncertainty in coordination games, and also under what circumstances the presence of coordination option can help improve environmental outcomes.
- Lecturers: Astrid Dannenberg and Marco Casari