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Differences in Preferences Towards the Environment: The Impact of a Gender, Age and Parental Effect

  • Benno Torgler



  • María A.García-Valiñas
  • Alison Macintyre


The paper investigates empirically the differences in preferences towards protection of the environment. Using seven different dependent variables to focus on the impact of age, gender and children we use a large micro data set covering data from 33 Western and Eastern European countries. The results indicate that women have both a stronger preference towards the environment and a stronger willingness to contribute. Moreover, we observe the tendency of a negative correlation between age and environmental preferences. However, a positive effect is visible once we focus on the impact of age on social norms (environmental morale). Finally, we were not able to observe that having children is positively correlated with a stronger preference towards the environment.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology in its series School of Economics and Finance Discussion Papers and Working Papers Series with number 227.

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Length: 37 Pages
Date of creation: 23 Jan 2008
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Handle: RePEc:qut:dpaper:227
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