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The Effects of Climate Change Information on Charitable Giving for Water Quality Protection: A Field Experiment

  • Sean F. Ellis, Jacob R. Fooks, Kent D. Messer and Matthew J. Miller
Abstract

This study uses a field experiment involving 251 adult participants to determine which messages related to climate change, extreme weather events, and decaying infrastructure are most effective in encouraging people to pay more for investments that could alleviate future water-quality risks. The experiment also assesses whether people prefer the investments to be directed toward gray or green infrastructure projects. Messages about global warming induced climate change and decaying infrastructure lead to larger contributions than messages about extreme weather events. The results suggest that people are likely to pay more for green infrastructure projects than for gray infrastructure projects.

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outside of the United States. Outside of the United States, this is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. As a United States government work, this article is not subject to copyright within the United States.
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Correspondence: Kent MesserApplied Economics and Statistics531 South College Avenue Room 226Newark, DE 19716 ■ Phone 302.831.1316 ■ Email messer@udel.edu.
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