Environmental Morale and Motivation

27 Pages Posted: 11 May 2006

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Bruno S. Frey

CREMA; University of Basel

Alois Stutzer

University of Basel; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: April 2006


This chapter discusses the role of environmental morale and environmental motivation in individual behavior from the point of view of economics and psychology. It deals with the fundamental public good problem, and presents empirical (laboratory and field) evidence on how the cooperation problem can be overcome. Four different theoretical approaches are distinguished according to how individuals' underlying environmental motivation is modeled. Specifically, we look at the interaction between environmental policy and environmental morale through the lens of cognitive evaluation theory (also known as crowding theory).

Keywords: environmental morale, environmental policy, motivation crowding, pro-social preferences, public good problem

JEL Classification: D64, H41, Q50, Z13

Suggested Citation

Frey, Bruno S. and Stutzer, Alois, Environmental Morale and Motivation (April 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=900370 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.900370

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