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New Perspectives for Environmental Policies Through Behavioral Economics

  • Frank Beckenbach
  • Walter Kahlenborn
  • Reflects the potentials of behavioral economics for assessing environmental policy instruments

  • Presents detailed recommendations on how to move industry and society toward a sustainable course

  • Offers new perspectives on tackling practical environmental problems


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Frank Beckenbach, Walter Kahlenborn
    Pages 1-12
  3. Foundations and Overview

  4. Conceptual Issues

  5. Fields of Application

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Cass R. Sunstein, Lucia A. Reisch
      Pages 161-194
    3. Florian M. Artinger, Ana Paula Bortoleto, Konstantinos V. Katsikopoulos
      Pages 195-211
    4. Christian Kind, Jonas Savelsberg
      Pages 253-273
  6. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Frank Beckenbach, Walter Kahlenborn
      Pages 325-335

About this book


This book presents essential insights on environmental policy derived from behavioral economics. The authors demonstrate the potential of behavioral economics to drive environmental protection and to generate concrete proposals for the efficient design of policy instruments. Moreover, detailed recommendations on how to use “nudges” and related instruments to move industry and society toward a sustainable course are presented. This book addresses the needs of environmental economists, behavioral economists and environmental policymakers, as well as all readers interested in the intersection between behavioral economics and environmental policy.


Behavioral Economics Economic Decision Making Environmental Policy Environmental Protection Sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Frank Beckenbach
    • 1
  • Walter Kahlenborn
    • 2
  1. 1.FB 7University of KasselKasselGermany
  2. 2.adelphi consultBerlinGermany

About the editors

Frank Beckenbach is Professor for Environmental and Behavioral Economics at the University of Kassel. Since 1978 he has published a wide range of articles in the field of behavioral economics, economics of growth as well as evolutionary and computational economics.

Walter Kahlenborn is co-founder and Managing Director of adelphi research and adelphi consult. He carries out environmental policy research and consultancy for a broad range of national, European and international public institutions. His work focuses i.a. on: sustainable economic development, green transformation and sustainable consumption.

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