Greening the common agricultural policy: a behavioural perspective and lab-in-the-field experiment in Germany

Autor(en): Thomas, Fabian 
Midler, Estelle
Lefebvre, Marianne
Engel, Stefanie 
Stichwörter: ADOPTION; agri-environment measures; Agricultural Economics & Policy; Agriculture; Business & Economics; CHOICE; common agricultural policy; CONSERVATION; COOPERATION; ECONOMIC INCENTIVES; Economics; greening; lab-in-the-field experiment; LOSS AVERSION; MOTIVATION; PSYCHOLOGY; SOCIAL DILEMMAS; VOLUNTARY
Erscheinungsdatum: 2019
Herausgeber: OXFORD UNIV PRESS
Journal: EUROPEAN REVIEW OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS
Volumen: 46
Ausgabe: 3, SI
Startseite: 367
Seitenende: 392
Zusammenfassung: 
This study investigates the behavioural economic underpinnings of current policy approaches to integrate environmental objectives into the Common Agricultural Policy. We conduct an economic lab-in-the-field experiment with farmers in Germany. We analyse the impact of the following policy design features on farmers' decisions to adopt sustainable agricultural practices: (i) framing of the policy: whether farmers perceive themselves as being part of the problem or the solution, (ii) degree of control: mandatory vs. voluntary policy and (iii) framing of incentives as either losses or gains. All policy designs tested result in a significant increase in hectares conserved compared to a baseline scenario without policy. Also, behavioural factors do significantly affect farmers' behaviour at the individual level. Only framing is found to significantly affect policy effectiveness.
ISSN: 01651587
DOI: 10.1093/erae/jbz014

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