Prosocial Behavior: Private Contributions to Agriculture's Impact on the Environment

Posted: 19 Aug 2008

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Robert D. Weaver

Pennsylvania State University - Operations Research Faculty; College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

Date Written: August 18, 2008

Abstract

Private provision of public environmental benefits is considered with a theory of prosocial behavior that elaborates the roles of nonhedonistic values held by agents as well as the functional interaction between private good and public good production processes. The theory also identifies the conditions under which public environmental goods will be privately supplied and motivates an empirical approach. Models of environmental effort in agriculture are estimated based on a survey of U.S. field crop farmers. Results confirm the role of hedonistic motivation of environmental effort and provide very weak evidence of a role of nonhedonistic values.

JEL Classification: Q24

Suggested Citation

Weaver, Robert D., Prosocial Behavior: Private Contributions to Agriculture's Impact on the Environment (August 18, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1235302

Robert D. Weaver (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University - Operations Research Faculty ( email )

University Park, PA 16802
United States

College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology ( email )

University Park, PA 16802-3306
United States

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