Justifiability of Littering:
An Empirical Investigation

35 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2008  

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: July 21, 2008

Abstract

The paper investigates the relationship between environmental participation and littering. Previous empirical work in the area of littering is scarce as is evidence regarding the determinants of littering behavior. We address these deficiencies, demonstrating a strong empirical link between environmental participation and reduced public littering using European Values Survey (EVS) data for 30 Western and Eastern European countries. The results suggest that membership in environmental organizations strengthens commitment to anti-littering behaviour, thereby supporting improved environmental quality.

Keywords: Littering, Environmental Participation, Environmental Preferences, Environmental Outcomes

JEL Classification: H260, H730, D640

Suggested Citation

Torgler, Benno and Garcia-Valiñas, Maria Angeles and Macintyre, Alison, Justifiability of Littering: An Empirical Investigation (July 21, 2008). FEEM Working Paper No. 59.2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1165203 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1165203

Benno Torgler (Contact Author)

Queensland University of Technology ( email )

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CREMA

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

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Germany

Maria Angeles Garcia-Valiñas

University of Oviedo ( email )

Campus del Cristo
Oviedo, Asturias 33071
Spain
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+34985104871 (Fax)

Alison Macintyre

Queensland University of Technology ( email )

GPO Box 2434
2 George Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Australia

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