Year of Award
Dissertation - Campus Access Only
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Forest and Conservation Science
Department or School/College
College of Forestry and Conservation
Norma P. Nickerson
Wayne Freimund, Lucian G. Conway, III, Amy Odum, Matthew Taylor
Air Quality, Behavioral Economics, Decision-making, Delay Discounting, Natural and Built Environments, Time Perception
The University of Montana
Air pollution and current levels of anthropogenic emissions represent dangerous scenarios for local and global plant and animal biodiversity loss and human health. Recently, economists and policy makers have suggested the lowest possible future discount rate be adopted for environmental outcomes to prioritize preservation of natural resources far in the future (e.g., Kyoto Protocol with global scale emissions reductions; air quality on a local scale; Weitzman, 1998). Future discounting refers to the decrease in value of an outcome - for example, improved air quality -- when the outcome is temporally remote. Despite the imperative nature of society and individuals to adopt the lowest possible discount rate in specific areas of environment and human health (namely air quality and respiratory health), research has shown that neither aggregate policy, nor individual decision-making reflect low future discount rates. In fact in many cases economic and psychological discount experiments suggest that future air quality and health are discounted steeply.
Berry, Meredith Steele, "DEVALUING FUTURE AIR QUALITY, RESPIRATORY HEALTH, AND FINANCIAL OUTCOMES: A DELAY DISCOUNTING APPROACH" (2015). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4604.
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