In this study we test empirically the hypothesis that also in a growth-oriented economy like China non-materialistic values like the nonuse values of climate policy are perceived and respected by the population. This should especially hold for the better educated people living in big cities like Beijing. Therefore, we conduct a survey in Beijing where we ask people to assess a climate change adaptation project to be implemented in a faraway region, in this case in the Tarim basin in Xinjiang. In this survey we find that also Beijing citizens feel responsible for the environmental conditions in Xinjiang, especially under the impression of climate change. We find that they are even willing to contribute personally to financing a public project for the improvement of the living conditions in this remote (as viewed from Beijing) region.

Author names: 
Ahlheim, M.
Frör, O.
Jiang, T.
Jing, L.
Pelz, S.
Year: 
2013
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Ahlheim, M., Frör, O., Jiang, T., Jing, L., & Pelz, S. (Eds.). (2013). Nonuse values of climate policy : an empirical study in Xinjiang and Beijing. Stuttgart : Univ. Hohenheim, Forschungszentrum Innovation und Dienstleistung. Retrieved from http://opus.ub.uni-hohenheim.de/frontdoor.php?source_opus=827&la=de;http...

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