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Environmental Information—Explanatory Factors for Information Behavior

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  • Chris von Borgstede

    () (Department of Psychology, Gothenburg University, P.O. Box 500, Haraldsgatan 1, SE 40530, Gothenburg, Sweden)

  • Kristin Andersson

    () (Department of Psychology, Gothenburg University, P.O. Box 500, Haraldsgatan 1, SE 40530, Gothenburg, Sweden)

Abstract

As sustainable waste management has become an important environmental concern, growing emphasis is being given to policy tools aimed at increasing recycling behavior by households. Information is a common policy tool, but may not always reach the individuals whose behavior is being targeted, i.e. , those reluctant to recycle. This study examined individual differences in attention to recycling information and demand for such information. A nationwide survey in Sweden showed that having personal norms for recycling is important when it comes to obeying and seeking environmentally relevant information. In contrast to earlier research, this study found that lack of information alone is not a significant antecedent to the intention to seek information. Personal norms were found to moderate the effect of perceived lack of information on the intention to seek information.

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  • Chris von Borgstede & Kristin Andersson, 2010. "Environmental Information—Explanatory Factors for Information Behavior," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(9), pages 1-14, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:2:y:2010:i:9:p:2785-2798:d:9471
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    2. Arı, Erkan & Yılmaz, Veysel, 2016. "A proposed structural model for housewives' recycling behavior: A case study from Turkey," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 129(C), pages 132-142.
    3. Matthew T. Ballew & Allen M. Omoto & Patricia L. Winter, 2015. "Using Web 2.0 and Social Media Technologies to Foster Proenvironmental Action," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(8), pages 1-29, August.

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    Keywords

    information behavior; attention; recycling information; personal norms;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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