Public Opinions on Environmental Policy Implementation

Working Papers

Shen, S. Victoria, Bruce E. Cain, and Iris Hui. “Public Receptivity in China towards Wind Energy Generators: A Survey Experimental Approach.” The draft is available upon request.

Abstract: While extant works have documented public receptivity towards wind turbines extensively in democratic countries, less is known about the transferability of these findings outside the OECD.  We examine these claims by pursuing a survey experimental approach that focuses on wind energy generators in China.  There are both points of similarity and difference between the attitudes of Chinese citizens and their counterparts in advanced democracies.  On the one hand, citizens are sensitive to siting near their residences and to cost considerations when imposed on them directly.  Also, the Chinese prefer vertical over horizontal wind turbines in areas where birds and bats could be killed in large numbers.  On the other hand, due to cultural and political differences, Chinese citizens seem to be more concerned about radiation and less assured by scientific assurances that radiation is not a problem.  Instead, the Chinese government is best suited to address concerns about this topic.  Within China, as compared to the U.S., we find that the residents of the six geographic regions do not differ much regarding their belief about the beginning of climate change and the order of preference for different energy sources.  This may mean that China will be able to transition more quickly than the U.S. into alternative fuel strategy.

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Liao, Xianchun, S. Victoria Shen. “Why Purchase Green Appliances? Assessing the Determinants of Consumer Support for Environmentalism in China.”  The draft is available upon request.

Book Chapter

Zheng, Haixia, Ståle Navrud, and Shiran Shen.  “What Price for Ecosystem Services in China? Comparing Three Valuation Methods for Water Quality Improvement.” In Hydrology and Water Resource Management: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice, edited by the Information Resources Management Association, 171-192. Hershey: IGI Global, 2018.