The Determinants of Individuals' Attitudes Towards Preventing Environmental Damage

47 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2005

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Benno Torgler

Yale University - Yale Center for International and Area Studies

Maria Angeles Garcia-Valiñas

University of Oviedo

Date Written: September 2005

Abstract

This paper investigates empirically the determinants of individuals' attitudes towards preventing environmental damage in Spain using data from the World Values Survey and European Values Survey for the periods 1990, 1995 and 1999/2000. Compared to many previous studies, we present a richer set of independent variables and found that strongly neglected variables such as political interest and social capital have a strong impact on individuals' preferences to prevent environmental damage. An interesting aspect in our study is the ability to investigate environmental preferences over time. The results show strong differences over time. Finally, using disaggregated data for Spanish regions, we also find significant regional differences.

Keywords: Environment, Regional and time preferences, Political interest, Social capital

JEL Classification: Q26, R22, Z13, I21

Suggested Citation

Torgler, Benno and Garcia-Valiñas, Maria Angeles, The Determinants of Individuals' Attitudes Towards Preventing Environmental Damage (September 2005). FEEM Working Paper No. 110.05, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=822044 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.822044

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Maria Angeles Garcia-Valiñas

University of Oviedo ( email )

Campus del Cristo
Oviedo, Asturias 33071
Spain
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