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Environmental Participation and Environmental Motivation

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  • Benno Torgler

    (Queensland University of Technology)

  • María A. García Valiñas

    (University of Oviedo)

  • Alison Macintyre

    (The School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology)

Abstract

We explore whether environmental motivation affects environmental behavior by focusing on volunteering. The paper first introduces a theoretical model of volunteering in environmental organizations. In a next step, it tests the hypothesis working with a large micro data set covering 32 countries from both Western and Eastern Europe using several different proxies to measure environmental motivation. Our results indicate that environmental motivation has a strong impact on individuals’ voluntary engagement in environmental organizations. A higher level of environmental motivation due to higher environmental moral standards may lead to a stronger voluntary involvement in environmental organizations.

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Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 2008.95.

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Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2008.95

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Keywords: Environmental Participation; Environmental Motivation; Environmental Morale; Pro-environmental Attitudes; Social Capital;

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  1. Mzoughi, Naoufel, 2011. "Farmers adoption of integrated crop protection and organic farming: Do moral and social concerns matter?," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(8), pages 1536-1545, June.

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