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Individual pro-environmental behaviour in the household context

  • Longhi, Simonetta

This paper exploits a new large data source on environmental behaviours and attitudes of people living in the UK to analyse to what extent the household context affects pro- environmental behaviours at the individual and household levels. The results suggest that singles and people living in couples without children have higher pro-environmental behaviour than people living in couples with children. Individual pro-environmental behaviour is affected by partner’s attitudes and behaviours, and both partners are equally relevant for household decisions. The results also show a positive correlation between concerns about the environment and pro-environmental behaviours.

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Paper provided by Institute for Social and Economic Research in its series ISER Working Paper Series with number 2013-21.

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Date of creation: 25 Oct 2013
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Publication status: published
Handle: RePEc:ese:iserwp:2013-21
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