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Religion and the demand for membership in environmental citizen groups

  • Robert Lowry
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    I test the hypothesis that religious affiliation is an empirical measure of tastes and beliefs that affect the demand for membership in environmental citizen groups. The number of adherents to Judeo-Christian denominations per household has a significant, negative effect on state membership rates for nine groups advocating a preservationist approach to environmental policy, particularly in states with many Catholics, Baptists and Mormons. Religious affiliation has a marginally significant, positive effect on membership rates for two sportsmen groups advocating private stewardship. These results suggest that religious affiliation should also be a significant determinant of constituent preferences for environmental policies. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

    Volume (Year): 94 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 3 (March)
    Pages: 223-240

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