Beijer Discussion Paper
Cooperation in the face of thresholds, risk and uncertainty

Rocha, J., C. Schill, L. M. Saavedra-Díaz, R. del Pilar Moreno and J. Higinio Maldonado. 2019. Beijer Discussion Paper 268: Cooperation in the face of thresholds, risk and uncertainty. Beijer Discussion Paper Series.

Cooperation is thought to be a necessary condition to solve collective dilemmas such as climate change or the sustainable use of common-pool resources. Yet, it is poorly understood how situations pervaded by thresholds shape the behaviour of people facing collective dilemmas. Here we provide empirical evidence that resource users facing thresholds maintain on average cooperative behaviours by maximising their individual earnings while ensuring future group...

Journal article
A more dynamic understanding of human behaviour for the Anthropocene

Schill, C., J. M. Anderies, T. Lindahl, C. Folke, S. Polasky, JC Cárdenas, A.-S. Crépin, M. A. Janssen, J. Norberg and M. Schlüter. 2019. A more dynamic understanding of human behaviour for the Anthropocene . Nature Sustainability 2:1075–1082.

Human behaviour is of profound significance in shaping pathways towards sustainability. Yet, the approach to understanding human behaviour in many fields remains reliant on overly simplistic models. For a better understanding of the interface between human behaviour and sustainability, we take work in behavioural economics and cognitive psychology as a starting point, but argue for an expansion of this work by adopting a more dynamic...

Journal article
Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective

Bratman, G.N., Anderson, C.B., Berman, M..G., Cochran, B. et.al. 2019. Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective. Science Advances 5 : eaax0903.

A growing body of empirical evidence is revealing the value of nature experience for mental health. With rapid urbanization and declines in human contact with nature globally, crucial decisions must be made about how to preserve and enhance opportunities for nature experience. Here, we first provide points of consensus across the natural, social, and health sciences on the impacts of nature experience on cognitive functioning,...

Journal article
An experimental approach to exploring market responses in small-scale fishing communities

O'Neill Drury, E., T. Lindahl, T. Daw, B.I. Crona, A.J.G. Ferrer, and R. Pomeroy. 2019. An experimental approach to exploring market responses in small-scale fishing communities. Frontiers in Marine Science 6:491.

Small-scale fishing communities are increasingly connected to international seafood trade via exports in a growing global market. Understanding how this connectedness impacts local fishery systems, both socially and ecologically, has become a necessary challenge for fishery governance. Market prices are a potential mechanism by which global market demands are transferred to small-scale fishery actors. In most small-scale fisheries (SSF) this happens through various traders (intermediaries,...

Journal article
The Social Costs of Marine Litter along the East China Sea: Evidence from Ten Coastal Scenic Spots of Zhejiang Province, China

Shen, M., D. Mao, H. Xie, and C. Z. Li. 2019. The Social Costs of Marine Litter along the East China Sea: Evidence from Ten Coastal Scenic Spots of Zhejiang Province, China. Sustainability 11(6):1−15.

Marine litter poses numerous threats to the global environment. To estimate the social costs of marine litter in China, two stated preference methods, namely the contingent valuation model (CVM) and the choice experiment model (CEM), were used in this research. This paper conducted surveys at ten different beaches along the East China Sea in Zhejiang province in October 2017. The results indicate that approximately 74.1%...

Journal article
Inequality and the Biosphere

Hamann, M., K. Berry, T. Chaigneau, T. Curry, R. Heilmayr, P. J. G. Henriksson, J. Hentati-Sundberg, A. Jina, E. Lindkvist, Y. Lopez-Maldonado, E. Nieminen, M. Piaggio, J. Qiu, J. C. Rocha, C. Schill, A. Shepon, A. R. Tilman, I. Van Den Bijgaart, and T. Wu. 2018. Inequality and the Biosphere. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 43:1, 61-83.

Rising inequalities and accelerating global environmental change pose two of the most pressing challenges of the twenty-first century. To explore how these phenomena are linked, we apply a social-ecological systems perspective and review the literature to identify six different types of interactions (or “pathways”) between inequality and the biosphere. We find that most of the research so far has only considered one-directional effects of inequality...

Journal article
Using Behavioural Insights to Promote Food Waste Recycling in Urban Households—Evidence From a Longitudinal Field Experiment

Linder, N., T. Lindahl, S. Borgström. 2018. Using Behavioural Insights to Promote Food Waste Recycling in Urban Households—Evidence From a Longitudinal Field Experiment. Front. Psychol 9:352.

Promoting pro-environmental behaviour amongst urban dwellers is one of today’s greatest sustainability challenges. The aim of this study is to test whether an information intervention, designed based on theories from environmental psychology and behavioural economics, can be effective in promoting recycling of food waste in an urban area. To this end we developed and evaluated an information leaflet, mainly guided by insights from nudging and...

Beijer Discussion Paper
Avoiding catastrophic collapse in small scale fisheries through inefficient cooperation: evidence from a framed field experiment

Lindahl, T., and R. Jarungrattanapong. 2018. Beijer Discussion Paper 263: Avoiding catastrophic collapse in small scale fisheries through inefficient cooperation: evidence from a framed field experiment. Beijer Discussion Paper Series.

Small-scale fisheries are significant for poverty alleviation but are threatened by over-exploitation and climate change effects leading to more variable fish stocks, including potential negative drastic changes. Are fishers able to adapt? To shed light on this we run a common-pool resource experiment with fishers in Thailand. Fishers face either smooth resource dynamics, or resource dynamics entailing a negative threshold in the growth rate. Whether...

Journal article
Thou shalt not sell nature: How taboo trade-offs can make us act pro-environmentally, to clear our conscience

Stikvoort, B., T. Lindahl, and T.M. Daw. 2016. Thou shalt not sell nature: How taboo trade-offs can make us act pro-environmentally, to clear our conscience . Ecological Economics 129:252-259.

Many nature/natural areas are threatened by economic development and urban expansion. Oftentimes nature is not considered part of the cost/benefit analyses preceding such economic development, and most people find it offensive to price-tag nature. To pit (sacred) nature-values against other monetized values (these are so-called taboo trade-offs) is seen as morally offensive. Non-nature related taboo trade-offs (e.g. between life-saving and money-saving) were found elsewhere to...

Book chapter
Playing safe: The role of quotas to avoid ecosystem regime shifts

Lindahl, T., A.-S. Crépin,and N. Orescovic. 2016. Playing safe: The role of quotas to avoid ecosystem regime shifts. In: A. Botelho, F. Munoz-Garcia, R.A. Matthew, C. Harron, K. Goodrich, B. Maharramli, E. Nizkorodov, T. Bryant, A. Botelho . WSPC Reference of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy in the Era of Global Change. Volume 4: Experimental Economics. World Scientific. Pp. 121 – 150.

The WSPC Reference on Natural Resources and Environmental Policy in the Era of Global Change provides a comprehensive and prominent reference of various highly authoritative volumes of long-term scientific value, for milestone concepts and theories. The books in the reference set are edited by leading experts in the fields of: Game Theory, International Relations and Global Politics, Computable General Equilibrium (CGE): Economy-Wide Modeling, and Experimental...