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Stakeholder Attitudes and Conservation of Natural Resources: Exploring Alternative Approaches

  • Biswajit Ray
  • Rabindranath Bhattacharya
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Individuals make decisions embedded in a social context and their attitudes affect their decisions. Based on this argument, there is a long history of empirical research in social sciences (beyond economics), that elicits subjective testimony on feelings, beliefs, values, expectations, plans, attitudes, and behavior. This body of empirics was excluded from the neoclassical economic analysis on the assumption that individual preferences remain unchanged, despite the fact that economic theorizing often includes reference to attitudes, beliefs and the like. An important example is the data on stakeholder attitudes toward environment (Infield 1988). Its importance has been documented recently (Agrawal 2006) and pro-environmental attitudes studies have started to catch the attention of economists.

Keywords

Transaction Cost Social Preference Ultimatum Game Community Forestry Dictator Game 
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Acknowledgments

We acknowledge our debt to the Departmental Research Support (DRS)-I of the Department of Economics, University of Calcutta for funding the field experiments and surveys. We thank Sarmila Banerjee for her continued encouragement. We also thank Puspendu Maity, Jayanta Chakraborty and their team members, foresters, and villagers of the study sites for their kind cooperation during the surveys. Usual disclaimer applies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of CalcuttaKolkataIndia
  2. 2.UGC DRS-1, Department of EconomicsUniversity of Calcutta and Center for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta (CSSSC)KolkataIndia

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