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The Cultural Transmission of Environmental Preferences: Evidence from International Migration

Anastasia Litina (), Simone Moriconi and Skerdilajda Zanaj ()

No def033, DISCE - Working Papers del Dipartimento di Economia e Finanza from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE)

Abstract: This paper investigates both theoretically and empirically the hypothesis that individual environmental attitudes can be partly accounted for by a cultural component. To empirically identify this component, we exploit variation associated with international migration ows. We find that the environmental attitudes of migrants, while being resilient to environmental conditions, also embed a cultural component, which persists till the second generation migrants. Our results suggest that, in the presence of multiple environmental problems that require collective action, comprehending the driving forces behind the formation of an environmental culture is critical to design effective policies.

Keywords: Cultural Transmission; Migration; Environmental Preferences. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q50 Q58 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cul, nep-env, nep-mig and nep-res
Date: 2015-11
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