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Haute école de gestion de Genève

Economic prescriptions and public responses to climate policy

Baranzini, Andrea ; Caliskan, Metin ; Carattini, Stefano

Public acceptability is one of the main barriers to the implementation of carbon taxes. Qualitative evidence based on a sample of individuals interviewed in Geneva, Switzerland, shows that the general public would not tackle climate change as economists suggest. The gap concerns not only the choice of climate policy’s instruments (i.e. pull versus push measures), but also its specific design in...

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The economic performance of Swiss drinking water utilities

Faust, Anne-Kathrin ; Baranzini, Andrea

In: Journal of productivity analysis, 2014, vol. 41, no. 3, p. 383-397

This paper measures the performance in terms of costs of Swiss drinking water utilities accounting for environmental factors. We estimate a translog stochastic variable cost frontier using two different techniques on an unbalanced panel of 141 water distribution utilities over the years 2002–2009, for a total of 745 observations. Results show that exogenous factors have an impact on variable...

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Paying enough taxes already? Testing the acceptability of carbon taxes with survey data

Carattini, Stefano ; Baranzini, Andrea

In spite of economist’s claims, climate policy instruments such as carbon taxes are rarely implemented. This paper analyzes the drivers of carbon taxes acceptability in the semi-direct democratic context of Geneva, Switzerland. Based on a sample of more than 300 individuals, we assess the effect on acceptability of socioeconomic characteristics, environmental attitudes, social norms as well as...

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Elasticities of gasoline demand in Switzerland

Baranzini, Andrea ; Weber, Sylvain

In: Energy policy, 2013, vol. 63, p. 674–680

Using cointegration techniques, we investigate the determinants of gasoline demand in Switzerland over the period 1970–2008. We obtain a very weak price elasticity of −0.09 in the short run and −0.34 in the long run. For fuel demand, i.e. gasoline plus diesel, the corresponding price elasticities are −0.08 and −0.27. Our rich dataset allows working with quarterly data and with more...

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Unconventional determinants of greenhouse gas emissions : the role of trust

Carattini, Stefano ; Baranzini, Andrea ; Roca, Jordi

Social norms have been included in the theory of collective action to overcome difficulties in explaining why commons may perform better when self-regulated. The role of trust has been identified in several contexts of local social dilemma, but only recently has been extended to global commons, based on large descriptive evidence collected by Elinor Ostrom. However, no quantitative evidence was...

Haute école de gestion de Genève

The economic performance of Swiss drinking water utilities

Faust, Anne-Kathrin ; Baranzini, Andrea

This paper measures the performance in terms of costs of Swiss drinking water utilities accounting for environmental factors. We estimate a translog stochastic variable cost frontier using two different techniques on an unbalanced panel of 141 water distribution utilities over the years 2002 to 2009, for a total of 745 observations. Results show that exogenous factors have an impact on variable...

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The causal relationship between energy use and economic growth in Switzerland

Baranzini, Andrea ; Weber, Sylvain ; Bareit, Markus ; Mathys, Nicole A.

This paper investigates the relationships between energy consumption and economic growth in Switzerland over the period 1950–2010. We apply bounds testing techniques to different energy types separately. Robustness tests are performed by including additional variables and restricting the analysis to the period after 1970. The results show that there exist robust long run relationships going...

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Elasticities of gasoline demand in Switzerland

Baranzini, Andrea ; Weber, Sylvain

(Cahier de recherche ; HES-SO/HEG-GE/C--12/1/2--CH)

Using co-integration techniques, we investigate the determinants of gasoline and fuel demands in Switzerland over the period 1970-2008. In particular, we focus on the impact of prices and estimate the demand price elasticities. In the short run, we obtain very weak price elasticities of -0.09 for gasoline demand and -0.08 for fuel demand. In the long run, the corresponding estimates are -0.34 and...

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A sight for sore eyes : assessing the value of view and land use in the housing market

Baranzini, Andrea ; Schaerer, Caroline

In: Journal of housing economics, 2011, vol. 20, no. 3, p. 191-199

We apply a hedonic model to the Geneva-Switzerland rental market to assess the value of view from dwellings and of land uses around buildings. Using a geographic information system, we calculate three-dimensional view variables, accessibility and land use variables. To our knowledge, this is the first paper to develop precise view measures at the dwelling level, considering surrounding land uses,...

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Fractional integration between energy use and GDP : an application to Switzerland

Baranzini, Andrea ; Bareit, Markus ; Mathys, Nicole A. ; Weber, Sylvain

This paper investigates the short and long run relationships between energy consumption and real GDP in Switzerland. We apply cointegration and error correction models to data covering a long period, from 1950 to 2009, and distinguish between different energy sources. Our results show that there is a separate long run relationship from real GDP to energy consumption of heating oil, fuel and...