Peer Influences and Proenvironmental Behavior: Panel Evidence for the Role of Regional Prevalence and Diversity

CEGE Discussion Paper No. 367

16 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2019

See all articles by Martin Binder

Martin Binder

Bard College - Bard College Berlin; Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute

Ann-Kathrin Blankenberg

University of Goettingen (Gottingen)

Heinz Welsch

University of Oldenburg; ZenTra - Center for Transnational Studies

Date Written: March 16, 2019

Abstract

Pro-environmental behavior depends on the behavior of others. For a UK panel data set, we find that individuals’ pro-environmental behavior increases in the behavior of peers in their region. This happens the more so, the greener the self-image of an individual. Diversity of regional green behavior plays a further role, with fractionalization negatively related to pro-environmental behavior and polarization positively so: peer pressure exerts a less strong influence when behaviors are diverse, and a stronger influence when behaviors are very polarized.

Keywords: pro-environmental behavior, peer influence, prevalence, fractionalization, polarization, UKHLS

JEL Classification: Q53, Q56

Suggested Citation

Binder, Martin and Blankenberg, Ann-Kathrin and Welsch, Heinz, Peer Influences and Proenvironmental Behavior: Panel Evidence for the Role of Regional Prevalence and Diversity (March 16, 2019). CEGE Discussion Paper No. 367, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3353671 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3353671

Martin Binder (Contact Author)

Bard College - Bard College Berlin ( email )

Platanenstr. 24
Berlin, 13156
Germany

Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute ( email )

Blithewood
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
United States

Ann-Kathrin Blankenberg

University of Goettingen (Gottingen) ( email )

Wilhelmsplatz 1
Göttingen, 37073
Germany

Heinz Welsch

University of Oldenburg ( email )

Ammerländer Heerstraße 114-118
Oldenburg, D-26111
Germany

ZenTra - Center for Transnational Studies ( email )

Ammerländer Heerstraße 138
Oldenburg, 26131
Germany

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
10
Abstract Views
224
PlumX Metrics