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Moving Toward Greener Societies: Moral Motivation and Green Behaviour

Lorenzo Cerda Planas ()
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Lorenzo Cerda Planas: University of Paris 1 Panthéon - Sorbonne

Environmental & Resource Economics, 2018, vol. 70, issue 4, 835-860

Abstract: Abstract I provide an alternative explanation for why societies exhibit varied environmental behaviours. I use a Kantian moral approach at a microeconomic level. I show that two identical societies (in terms of income level and political system) might follow different paths with respect to their “green” behaviour. Additionally, I identify tipping points that could nudge a society from a polluting behaviour to a green one. I find that the perception of environment within the society can be an important factor in this shift.

Keywords: Green behaviour; Kantian morale; Moral motivation; Tipping points (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C62 D64 D72 H41 Q50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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