Chinese future frequent flyers’ willingness to pay for carbon emissions reduction

Ma, Wenliang and Zhang, Yahua ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1522-3402 and Cui, Jinhua (2021) Chinese future frequent flyers’ willingness to pay for carbon emissions reduction. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 97:102935. pp. 1-12. ISSN 1361-9209

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Abstract

Carbon offset programs and carbon taxes have not been introduced to China’s aviation sector, but may be implemented in the coming decade. This research surveys Chinese university students to understand the factors associated with their willingness to participate in and pay for voluntary carbon offsets and compulsory taxes for domestic and international travel. Our survey subjects represent the future frequent flyers and a generation likely to be impacted the most by global warming. We find that their willingness to pay (WTP) for carbon emissions reduction is positively related to income, levels of environmental concern and trust in the carbon offsetting/reduction projects. Females tend to have a higher WTP than males. The intention to contribute during the Covid-19 pandemic was lower. The mean WTP for the voluntary offsetting regime for domestic travel is approximately 36.33 yuan, whereas the mean WTP for domestic travel under the compulsory regime is about 28.65 yuan. For international travel, these two figures are 45.37 yuan and 71.70 yuan, respectively.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Submitted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2021 03:18
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2021 03:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: contingent valuation; willingness to pay; voluntary carbon offsets; carbon tax; Chinese aviation
Fields of Research (2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1507 Transportation and Freight Services > 150701 Air Transportation and Freight Services
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140217 Transport Economics
Fields of Research (2020): 38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380117 Transport economics
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3509 Transportation, logistics and supply chains > 350901 Air transportation and freight services
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8898 Environmentally Sustainable Transport > 889802 Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transport Activities
B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8803 Aerospace Transport > 880302 Air Passenger Transport
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 27 TRANSPORT > 2701 Aerospace transport > 270102 Air passenger transport
27 TRANSPORT > 2702 Environmentally sustainable transport activities > 270299 Environmentally sustainable transport activities not elsewhere classified
15 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 1505 Microeconomics > 150505 Industry policy
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2021.102935
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/42194

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