Incentives and Environmental Policies

From Theory to Empirical Novelties

Incentives and Environmental Policies

Edited by

Benjamin Ouvrard, Toulouse School of Economics, France
Anne Stenger, University of Strasbourg, France

ISBN : 9781786303516

Publication Date : February 2019

Hardcover 174 pp

120.00 USD



The economic protection of the quality of the environment took shape properly in the middle of the 20th Century when various economic instruments were proposed to policymakers. Today, protecting the environment is essential, as evidenced in the rise in temperatures, the melting of the icecaps, the disappearance of animal species, etc. Moreover, with recent advances in other disciplines (notably in psychology), economists are turning more and more towards non-monetary forms of incentive. However, questions concerning the effectiveness of these forms arise.

Incentives and Environmental Policies deals with the role of the economy in protecting the environment by revisiting traditional economic instruments and pursuing an advanced consideration of the role of new forms of incentive. It appears that, in order to strive towards the best possible environmental quality, policymakers will have to take into account the future of many combinations of socially acceptable incentives.


1. The History of Incentives in Environmental Economics, Nathalie Berta.
2. Environmental Incentives Over Time: From the First Forms of Regulation to the Recognition of Cognitive Biases,
Phu Nguyen-Van and Thi Kim Cuong Pham.
3. Environmental Regulation through Nudges, Benjamin Ouvrard and Anne Stenger.
4. Incentives, Prosocial Motivations, and Pro-environmental Public Policies: A Reflection Illustrated by the Waste Management Policy in France,
Cécile Bazart and Rustam Romaniuc.
5. Toward an Endogenization of Incentives? The Role of Education, Magali Jaoul-Grammare.

About the authors/editors

Benjamin Ouvrard is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA) at the Toulouse School of Economics, France. His research focuses on environmental economics, behavioral economics and environmental evaluations.

Anne Stenger is INRA Research Director at the Bureau d’économie Théorique et Appliquée (BETA) at the University of Strasbourg, France. Her work focuses on environmental economics and the implementation of public policy.

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