Intragenerational deliberation and intergenerational sustainability dilemma

European Journal of Political Economy
  • Raja Rajendra Timilsina, Koji Kotani, Yoshinori Nakagawa, Tatsuyoshi Saijo

 Our results demonstrate that urban subjects have a wider variety of individual initial opinions and support an unsustainable option more often than rural subjects do. It also shows that individual opinions change through deliberation when subjects in a generation do not share the same initial opinion, reflecting that urban subjects change opinions as compared to rural subjects. Such opinion changes are identified not to work in the direction to enhance intergenerational sustainability for urban generations. Overall, our experiments suggest that intragenerational deliberation does not necessarily influence individual opinions for resolving ISD.