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Preferences for Domestic Action Over International Transfers in Global Climate Policy

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 February 2018

Mark T. Buntaine
Affiliation:
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, e-mail: buntaine@bren.ucsb.edu
Lauren Prather
Affiliation:
School of Global Policy & Strategy, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA, e-mail: lprather@ucsd.edu
Corresponding

Abstract

Cost-effective and equitable climate change mitigation requires the transfer of resources from developed to developing countries. In two behavioral experiments, we demonstrate that American subjects act according to a strong home preference, by making private donations and writing letters in support of public spending more often for mitigation programs located at home versus those overseas. We attempt to overcome the preference to act at home by randomly informing some subjects that foreign programs are more cost-effective than domestic programs. Home preference is mitigated only in the case of private donations. From a separate experimental treatment, we show that the preference against foreign programs is exacerbated when the co-benefits of mitigation programs are made salient. Importantly, home preference crosses party lines, indicating that it is a deep-seeded, affective preference. These findings highlight significant political obstacles to international cooperation on climate change that relies on transfers.

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Copyright © The Experimental Research Section of the American Political Science Association 2018 

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