Environmental Participation and Environmental Motivation

47 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2009

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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: December 9, 2008

Abstract

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 with a large micro data set covering 32 countries from both Western and Eastern Europe using several different proxies to measure environmental motivation. Our results indicate that environmental motivation has a strong impact on individuals' voluntary engagement in environmental organizations. A higher level of environmental motivation due to higher environmental moral standards may lead to a stronger voluntary involvement in environmental organizations.

Keywords: Environmental Participation, Environmental Motivation, Environmental Morale, Pro-environmental Attitudes, Social Capital

JEL Classification: D11, H41, H26, H73, D64

Suggested Citation

Torgler, Benno and Garcia-Valiñas, Maria Angeles and Macintyre, Alison, Environmental Participation and Environmental Motivation (December 9, 2008). FEEM Working Paper No. 95.2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1313699 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1313699

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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2 George Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Australia

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