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Location matters for pro-environmental behavior: a spatial Markov Chains approach to proximity effects in differentiated waste collection

Massimiliano Agovino, Alessandro Crociata () and Pier Sacco ()

The Annals of Regional Science, 2016, vol. 56, issue 1, 295-315

Abstract: We analyze data on differentiated waste collection (as a proxy of pro-environmental behaviors) in Italian provinces in the years 1999–2012. We make use of a Markov Spatial Transition approach to model the dynamic of local transitions among different levels of environmental pro-sociality, and we find that behaviors, and in particular differentiated waste collecting habits, tend to be strongly influenced by proximity effects, so that provinces with good levels of environmental pro-sociality may positively influence nearby ones, and vice versa for provinces with poor levels of environmental pro-sociality. We also show that in the long term separate clusters with markedly different levels of differentiated waste collection rates emerge. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016

Keywords: Q53; R15; C23; C61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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