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Marco Casari

Professore ordinario

Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche

Settore scientifico disciplinare: SECS-P/02 POLITICA ECONOMICA

Coordinatore del Corso di Laurea in Economics, politics and social sciences


How are Economists as a profession responding to the climate emergency?


Climate science has made fast progress in our understanding of the impacts of climate change and about the possible scenarios ahead. The most recent assessment of the IPCC in 2022 provides plenty of reasons for concern. How have behavioral economists – and economists more generally –responded to the challenges posed by the climate emergency?

Special issue information:

This call is both for research articles on the behavioral economics of climate change and for original contributions studying the perspective taken by the profession on the challenges posed by climate change. Articles should be theory-driven or empirically-based, not merely opinion pieces. This issue will consider studies employing experiments, surveys, secondary data, theoretical models, meta-analyses, case studies, and simulation-based analyses.

The Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (JBEE) will publish a virtual special issue (VSI) that collects frontier studies, especially behavioral and experimental studies, involving any of the following topics (the list is non-exhaustive):

  • The intersection of climate change and experimental/behavioral economics, on any aspect of mitigation, adaptation, geoengineering
  • Climate change uncertainty and decision-making, for instance the relation between economic tools of decisions under risk and the IPCC framework to deal with uncertainty
  • Individual vs. collective framing of climate interventions in behavioral and experimental economics
  • Behavioral studies on positive social tipping interventions
  • A research agenda on climate change for experimental/behavioral economics
  • Bibliometric analyses on published articles in experimental/behavioral economics about climate change.
  • Reviewing climate change coverage in introductory Economics textbooks
  • Surveying the attitude of (behavioral) economists on actions needed to tackle climate change.
  • What (behavioral) economics concepts would you teach when dangerous climate change hits home, i.e. in the face of increasingly frequent disasters attributable to climate change?
  • Societal fragility: vulnerabilities to climate change, risk cascades, and behavioral risk responses
  • In the face of dangerous climate change, which behavioral triggers will tip the economy into a crisis? And which responses are conducive to facilitate the rapid transition to carbon neutrality?
  • How much is fossil fuel funding research in (behavioral) economics of climate change (for instance, university research centers)
  • Social norms as inhibitors or channels for scaling mitigation efforts
  • Institutions as inhibitors or channels for scaling mitigation efforts

Manuscript submission information:

While academic submissions to JBEE are expected to adhere to common theoretical, empirical, and experimental practices in economics, exceptions might be granted on an individual basis to papers in this VSI. The deadline for submission is June 30th, 2023. Earlier submissions will be reviewed and accepted on a roller basis until the issue is complete.

To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, it is important to select “VSI: Economists vs climate” when you reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.

Learn more about the benefits of publishing in a special issue:

Guest editors:

Prof. Marco Casari
University of Bologna,
Department of Economics, Italy []

Prof. Alessandro Tavoni
University of Bologna,
Department of Economics, Italy []

Pubblicato il: 19 ottobre 2022