Essays on the economics of new technologies to mitigate climate change
This dissertation analyses empirically the public perception of new climate change mitigation technologies in Germany and explores potential determinants. The empirical analysis uses data from eight novel surveys, which I compiled between 2012 and 2014 with colleagues at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. My key research objectives in this dissertation are to investigate factors that drive the public perception of CE and CCS technologies, and compare the perception of individuals who are well informed about a technology with those who are less informed. I further explore how public perception changes over time, and is influenced by transient emotions. My Dissertation also contributes to methodological questions on how the willingness to pay for the avoidance or deployment of a CE technology can be elicited.