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Voting for Environmental Donations: Experimental Evidence from Majorca, Spain

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dc.contributor.author Blanco, Esther
dc.contributor.author López, Maria Claudia
dc.contributor.author Coleman, Eric A.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-19T19:17:30Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-19T19:17:30Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7333
dc.description.abstract "We analyze group-voting on binding minimum contributions to environmental projects and assess how such institutions affect subsequent voluntary donations. Mature tourism destinations such as the island of Majorca (Spain) suffer environmental pressures caused by decades of intense tourism development, reducing the environmental quality and tourism appeal of the island. Financed from the local tax base, public administrations have developed costly projects to mitigate this degradation. Alternative fundraising policies applied in recent years include a tax to the tourism industry and more recently voluntary donations by tourists. In this paper we explore the fundraising possibilities of applying taxes and voluntary donations complementarily by using an economic field experiment with international tourists. Participants were allowed to vote to apply a minimum compulsory donation in addition to which they could make a voluntary donation. Our results show that participants only self-impose mandatory contributions when they must choose between a high or low tax, passing in some cases the high tax. In addition, we find that neither the act of voting nor the fact that a vote is actually passed changes voluntary contributions. Therefore, consistent with previous experimental literature addressing international tourists behavior, our data does not support a crowding-out of voluntary donations by the application of tourism taxes ear-marked for environmental purposes. From a policy perspective, this result supports the potential for a complementary use of taxes and voluntary donations for fundraising environmental projects in tourism destinations." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject environment en_US
dc.subject fundraising en_US
dc.subject field work en_US
dc.subject taxation en_US
dc.subject tourism en_US
dc.title Voting for Environmental Donations: Experimental Evidence from Majorca, Spain en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Europe en_US
dc.coverage.country Spain en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Sustaining Commons: Sustaining Our Future, the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates January 10-14 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Hyderabad, India en_US

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