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Does life satisfaction matter for pro-environmental behavior? Empirical evidence from China General Social Survey

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  • Erda Wang

    () (Dalian University of Technology
    Dalian University of Technology)

  • Nannan Kang

    () (Dalian University of Technology
    Dalian University of Technology)

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Abstract A large body of literature has documented the effect of people’s environmental behavior on their life satisfaction. However, no attention has been paid to a plausibly reversal relation between the two, i.e., the effect of people’s life satisfaction on their environmental behaviors. As a result, the commonly recognized empirical findings might implicate some risks of biases and inaccuracy due to the present of the endogeneity complexity. To fill in this gap, this paper attempts to investigate whether there exists a causal effect of people’s life satisfaction on their pro-environmental behavior by utilizing an instrument variable model. In the process, a two stages least squares model was utilized for parameter estimation using a large dataset collected by China General Social Survey, and in meanwhile an unexpected length of sunshine hours was introduced as being an instrument variable. The results show that people’s life satisfaction indeed spurs their interest of participating in pro-environmental behavior. Consequently, an individual’s environmental concern poses a prime influential mechanism for one’s life satisfaction, and in turn the level of people’s satisfaction could exert a considerable influence to their environment behavior. Thus, improving the life well-being for the general public may turn into a spontaneous instrument in resolving the potential conflicts between economic growth and environment protection.

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  • Erda Wang & Nannan Kang, 2019. "Does life satisfaction matter for pro-environmental behavior? Empirical evidence from China General Social Survey," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 53(1), pages 449-469, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:qualqt:v:53:y:2019:i:1:d:10.1007_s11135-018-0763-0
    DOI: 10.1007/s11135-018-0763-0
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    Keywords

    Life satisfaction; Pro-environmental behavior; Environmental concern; IV probit model;

    JEL classification:

    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • D69 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Other
    • 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
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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