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Environmental and Pro-Social Norms: Evidence from 30 Countries

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  • Benno Torgler

    (Queensland University of Technology)

  • Bruno S. Frey

    (CREMA, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich and CESifo)

  • Clevo Wilson

    (The School of Economics and FinanceT, Queensland University of Technology)

Abstract

The paper investigates the relationship between pro-social norms and its implications for improved environmental outcomes, an area which has been neglected in the environmental economics literature. We provide empirical evidence, demonstrating a strong link between perceived environmental cooperation (reduced public littering) and increased voluntary environmental morale, using European Values Survey (EVS) data for 30 Western and Eastern European countries. The robust results suggest that environmental morale and perceived environmental cooperation, as well as identifying the factors that strengthen these relationships, potentially bring about better environmental outcomes.

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  • Benno Torgler & Bruno S. Frey & Clevo Wilson, 2007. "Environmental and Pro-Social Norms: Evidence from 30 Countries," Working Papers 2007.84, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2007.84
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    1. Benno Torgler & María A. García Valiñas & Alison Macintyre, 2008. "Environmental Participation and Environmental Motivation," Working Papers 2008.95, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
    2. Ana Carolina Clark & Natalia Melgar & María Fernanda Milans & Máximo Rossi, 2011. " Percepción medioambiental de los ciudadanos latinoamericanos," Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) 2511, Department of Economics - dECON.

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    Keywords

    Environmental Preferences; Environmental Morale; Conditional Cooperation; Pro-Social Behavior;

    JEL classification:

    • H26 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Tax Evasion and Avoidance
    • H73 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Interjurisdictional Differentials and Their Effects
    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers

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