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Civil servants’ education and the representativeness of the bureaucracy in environmental policy-making
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Society, environment and transport, Transport economics Stockholm.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7864-5982
2013 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

We model and test the representativeness of environmental policy-making, as implied by cost-benefit analysis (CBA) results, in governmental agencies assuming that individual civil servants maximize their personal utility. Education may also influence civil servants’ behavior. The biologists in our sample have the highest valuation of environmental quality. We suspect that their training does not teach them about societal welfare maximization and that they consequently do not adjust their policy recommendation to CBA results, while the economists, who learn about welfare economics, do. The empirical results indicate that the economists adjust their private valuation of the environment by a factor giving a sufficient weight to the CBA results to make their average choice a cost-efficient one. Even the economists in our sample chose on average a policy that is costlier than the cost-efficient one yet clearly less expensive than the policy chosen by the biologists and social scientists.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: CTS , 2013. , 36 p.
CTS Working Paper, 2013:30
Keyword [en]
Personnel, Education, Environment, Environment protection, Government (national), Organization (association), Decision process
National Category
Public Administration Studies
Research subject
00 Road: General works, surveys, comprehensive works, 01 Road: Organization and administration; J00 Railway: General works, surveys, comprehensive works, J12 Railway: Organization and administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-400OAI: diva2:667773
Available from: 2013-11-27 Created: 2013-11-27 Last updated: 2016-02-25Bibliographically approved

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