The Norwegian Type: Environmental Attitudes of behavioral types in the Norwegian Citizen Panel
Last registered on July 06, 2018

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Trial Information
General Information
Title
The Norwegian Type: Environmental Attitudes of behavioral types in the Norwegian Citizen Panel
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003120
Initial registration date
July 02, 2018
Last updated
July 06, 2018 5:11 PM EDT
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Norwegian School og Economics
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2018-07-03
End date
2018-11-28
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The aim of this project is two-fold: i) it aims to study how the elicited cooperative types a la Fischbacher et al., (2001) and Kurzban and Houser (2005) relate to other observable characteristics and personal values (TIVI), and ii) to investigate the relationship between environmental attitudes and cooperative preferences of Norwegian citizens. We use the strategy method to elicit subject’s cooperative preferences. We use both the Fischbacher et al., (2001) and Kurzban and Houser (2005) procedure to classify subjects into cooperative types separately. Fischbacher et al., (2001) classify subjects into free riders, hump shaped contributors and conditional cooperators based on their conditional contributions in the strategy method. Kurzban and Houser (2005) on the other hand estimate Linear Contribution Profiles of subject’s conditional contributions and classify subjects as either cooperators, free riders or reciprocators.
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Much of the scientific literature agrees: human behavior is the main driving force behind climate change (Cook et al., 2013). However, to make people take on behaviors that would help protect the environment, we need to better our understanding of how individual differences affect attitudes toward climate change in different countries. The present project investigates the relationship between environmental attitudes and cooperative preferences of Norwegian citizens in an online panel offering a representative cross section of the Norwegian population. Taking action against climate change demands a high degree of cooperation, both between nations and among individuals. Our aim is to investigate to which degree cooperative differences underpin Norwegians attitudes toward climate change. To nuance the relationship between environmental attitudes and cooperative differences, we also elicit value priorities of the respondents. Hence, we examine individual differences along three dimensions; (1) the monetary (unconditional and conditional contributions), (2) environmental (survey attitudinal measures), and (3) the value dimension (TIVI).
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Registration Citation
Citation
Sund, Oda. 2018. "The Norwegian Type: Environmental Attitudes of behavioral types in the Norwegian Citizen Panel." AEA RCT Registry. July 06. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3120/history/31561
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
This exploratory study is conducted by survey data from the Norwegian Citizen Panel (hereafter referred to as the NCP), a representative cross section of the Norwegian population. We use the strategy method of Fischbacher et al., (2001) to elicit subject’s cooperative preferences, and both the Fischbacher et al., (2001) and Kurzban and Houser (2005) procedure to classify subjects into cooperative types separately. Thereafter the study aims to explore correlations between these elicited types, values (TIVI) and environmental values as well as other background characteristics. All these measures are from the NCP survey. The elicitation of types is incentivised.
Intervention Start Date
2018-07-03
Intervention End Date
2018-07-04
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
The correlations between the elicited cooperative types and environmental attitudes, values.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
"Cooperative types": To elicit cooperative types, we employ the strategy method (Selten, 1967; Fischbacher et al.,). We use the strategy method to elicit subject’s cooperative preferences. We use both the Fischbacher et al., (2001) and Kurzban and Houser (2005) procedure to classify subjects into cooperative types separately.

"Values" will be constructed using TIVI ( the Ten Item Value Inventory (TIVI) developed by Carson et al., (2016))
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
We elicit the correlation between elicited cooperative types and background variables such as gender, socioeconomic status, political orientation, urban/ rural, and general trust
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Elicit cooperative types in a representative survey on the Norwegian population
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Double-blind randomization procedure is done by the Norwegian Citizen Panel (NPC) and the fielding company. Information about how the randomization procedure was conducted will be made available after the survey wave is finalized.
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
Clustered on the individual level using robust standard errors.
Sample size: planned number of observations
Representative sample of the Norwegian population. About 1200 individuals will be surveyed.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
About 1200 individuals.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
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