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

39 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2008

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Benno Torgler

Queensland University of Technology; CREMA; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

Maria Angeles Garcia-Valiñas

University of Oviedo

Alison Macintyre

Queensland University of Technology

Date Written: FEBRUARY 2008

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Environmental Preferences, Environmental Morale, Gender, Age, Children

JEL Classification: H260, H730, D640

Suggested Citation

Torgler, Benno and Garcia-Valiñas, Maria Angeles and Macintyre, Alison, Differences in Preferences Towards the Environment: The Impact of a Gender, Age and Parental Effect (FEBRUARY 2008). FEEM Working Paper No. 18.2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1105320 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1105320

Benno Torgler (Contact Author)

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Maria Angeles Garcia-Valiñas

University of Oviedo ( email )

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Alison Macintyre

Queensland University of Technology ( email )

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Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Australia

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