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The Generational Divide in Support for Environmental Policies: European Evidence

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  • Joni Hersch
  • W. Kip Viscusi

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This article examines age variations in support for environmental protection policies that affect climate change using a sample of over 14,000 respondents to a 1999 Eurobarometer survey. There is a steady decline with age in whether respondents are willing to incur higher gasoline prices to protect the environment. This relationship remains after controlling for socioeconomic characteristics. There are age-related differences in information about environmental risks, information sources about the environment, perceived health risks from climate change, and degree of worry about climate change. However, taking these factors into account does not eliminate the age variation in willingness to pay more for gasoline to protect the environment.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 11859.

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Date of creation: Dec 2005
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Publication status: published as Hersch, Joni and W. Kip Viscusi. “The Generational Divide in Support for Environmental Policies: European Evidence.” Climatic Change 77, 1/2 (July 2006): 121-136.
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