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Social norms have been included in the theory of collective action to overcome difficulties in explaining why commons may perform better when self-regulated. The role of trust has been identified in several contexts of local social dilemmas, but only recently has it been extended to global commons, based on large descriptive evidence collected by Elinor Ostrom. The first 2014 FEEM seminar discusses these issues and shows how trust has indeed a negative impact on greenhouse gas emissions.

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei