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Environmental Participation and Environmental Motivation

  • Benno Torgler
  • Maria A. Garcia-Valinas
  • Alison Macintyre

We explore whether environmental motivation affects environmental behavior by focusing on volunteering. The paper first introduces a theoretical model of volunteering in environmental organizations. In a next step, it tests the hypothesis working a large micro data set covering 32 countries from both Western and Eastern Europe using several different proxies to measure environmental motivation. As a robustness test we also explore the relationship at the macro level extending the number of countries investigated. Our results indicate a strong positive relationship between environmental motivation and individuals� voluntary engagement in environmental organizations.

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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 238.

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Length: 50 Pages
Date of creation: 23 Oct 2008
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Handle: RePEc:qut:dpaper:238
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