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Modeling individual preferences for energy sources: the case of IV generation nuclear energy in Italy

Contu, Davide, Strazzera, Elisabetta and Mourato, Susana ORCID: 0000-0002-9361-9990 (2016) Modeling individual preferences for energy sources: the case of IV generation nuclear energy in Italy. Ecological Economics, 127. pp. 37-58. ISSN 0921-8009

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.03.008


The planned re-introduction of nuclear energy in Italy was abandoned in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear accident. Twenty years earlier, soon after the Chernobyl accident, Italians had also voted against nuclear energy. However, a new nuclear energy technology, i.e. fourth generation, is under research and development. This paper investigates its social acceptance by means of a robust methodology, employing 1) choice experiments, 2) structural equation modeling and 3) information treatments within an online nation-wide survey. Results show a great deal of preference heterogeneity: the majority of the sampled respondents oppose new nuclear plants in Italy, with some not willing to accept any monetary compensation at all. However, another segment of respondents, more confident that fourth generation nuclear energy goals will be achieved, show a modest support towards the implementation of new nuclear projects. Additional variables were found to affect opposition.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Grantham Research Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 12 May 2016 10:18
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:17
Projects: N.1350515
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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