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Altruism and the Demand for Environmental Quality

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    This paper asks whether individuals consider the value that future generations will receive from environmental quality when deciding what level of environmental protection to provide. Using data on life expectancy, I develop two tests for altruism towards future generations. One, a test for strong altruism, asks whether individual motives are purely altruistic when deciding to provide environmental quality. The second, a test for weak altruism, combines an individual’ s concern for both self-interest and the interest of future generations. Using data from a Washington Post survey on environmental attitudes to implement the test, I find evidence of weak altruism.

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    Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

    Volume (Year): 77 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 339-349

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    Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:77:y:2001:i:3:p:339-349

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