Adverse Welfare Shocks and Pro‐Environmental Behavior: Evidence from the Global Economic Crisis

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Artjoms Ivlevs

University of Nottingham - Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP)

Date Written: June 2019

Abstract

This paper examines the effects of the 2008–9 global economic crisis on people's pro‐environmental behavior and willingness to pay for climate change mitigation. We hypothesize that the crisis has affected pro‐environmental behaviors through tightening of budget constraints and relaxation of time constraints. Using data from a large representative survey Life in Transition II, conducted in 35 European and Central Asian countries in 2010, we find that people adversely affected by the crisis are more likely to act in an environmentally‐friendly way, but less likely to be willing to pay for climate change mitigation. Our findings confirm the importance of time and budget constraints for undertaking pro‐environmental action, and highlight a potentially positive role of adverse, external welfare shocks in shaping pro‐environmental behavior.

Keywords: adverse welfare shocks, global economic crisis, pro‐environmental behavior, willingness to pay for climate change mitigation

Suggested Citation

Ivlevs, Artjoms, Adverse Welfare Shocks and Pro‐Environmental Behavior: Evidence from the Global Economic Crisis (June 2019). Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 65, Issue 2, pp. 293-311, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3385030 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/roiw.12355

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