Individual preferences towards nuclear energy: the transient residency effect

dc.contributor.author Contu, Davide
dc.contributor.author Mourato, Susana
dc.contributor.author Kaya, Ozgur
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-25T13:55:08Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-25T13:55:08Z
dc.date.copyright 2020
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.description This article is not available at CUD collection. The version of scholarly record of this Article is published in Applied Economics (2020), available online at: https://doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2019.1707766. en_US
dc.description.abstract Nuclear energy is an energy source that is usually unfavourable among the public due to its inherent risks. However, it presents a number of benefits, including the possibility to reduce emissions and the contribution to tackle climate change. Among the countries adopting nuclear energy, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is unusual in that a large share of its residents consists of expatriates who live only part of their lives in the country with no (or highly unlikely) access to citizenship. This distinctive population structure offers the opportunity to investigate the effect of transient residency on acceptance and preferences towards nuclear energy. We conducted this investigation by designing a stated preferences-based survey, targeting an online nationwide sample. The survey collected information on socio-economic characteristics and attitudes, including views on perceived risks and benefits of nuclear energy, views towards different energy sources and life satisfaction. Results indicate that transient individuals, especially those who are more satisfied with their lives in the UAE, are significantly less likely to oppose the construction of new nuclear plants. These individuals are characterized by a more positive perception of benefits over risks arising from nuclear energy. Policy implications are discussed. © 2020, © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council [1350515]. en_US
dc.identifier.citation Contu, D., Mourato, S. & Kaya, O. (2020). Individual preferences towards nuclear energy: the transient residency effect. Applied Economics. https://doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2019.1707766 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 00036846
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12519/163
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2019.1707766
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.relation Authors Affiliations: Canadian University Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom; American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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dc.rights.holder Copyright : 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
dc.subject choice experiments en_US
dc.subject Nuclear energy en_US
dc.subject social acceptability en_US
dc.subject transient resident en_US
dc.subject willingness to accept en_US
dc.title Individual preferences towards nuclear energy: the transient residency effect en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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