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Farmers’ Risk Cognition, Risk Preferences and Climate Change Adaptive Behavior: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach

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State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
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Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
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Chongqing Academy of Social Sciences, Chongqing 40020, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(1), 85; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17010085
Received: 29 October 2019 / Revised: 5 December 2019 / Accepted: 16 December 2019 / Published: 20 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Reduction)
Improving local farmers′ climate change adaptive capacity is an important policy issue in rural China. This study investigates farmers′ risk cognition, risk preferences and climate change adaptive behavior. Based on unique data from a survey and a paired lottery experiment completed by 240 rural farmers in Chongqing City of China, this paper finds that farmers have a pessimistic risk cognition towards climate change and the typical farmers are risk-averse and loss-averse. Risk cognition and adaptation cognition have significantly positive influences on climate change adaptive behavior, and loss aversion has a significantly positive influence on farmers′ adaptation decisions. Loss aversion exerts a positive impact on risk cognition and adaptation cognition, and risk aversion has a positive impact on adaptation cognition. This paper contributes to the emerging literature that relates risk preference in experiments and risk cognition to farmers′ climate change adaptive behavior. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change adaptive behavior; risk cognition; risk preference; structural equations; rural China climate change adaptive behavior; risk cognition; risk preference; structural equations; rural China
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He, R.; Jin, J.; Kuang, F.; Zhang, C.; Guan, T. Farmers’ Risk Cognition, Risk Preferences and Climate Change Adaptive Behavior: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 85. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17010085

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He R, Jin J, Kuang F, Zhang C, Guan T. Farmers’ Risk Cognition, Risk Preferences and Climate Change Adaptive Behavior: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(1):85. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17010085

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He, Rui; Jin, Jianjun; Kuang, Foyuan; Zhang, Chenyang; Guan, Tong. 2020. "Farmers’ Risk Cognition, Risk Preferences and Climate Change Adaptive Behavior: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 1: 85. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17010085

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