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Waste Prevention and Social Preferences: The Role of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivations

Grazia Cecere (), Susanna Mancinelli () and Massimiliano Mazzanti ()

No 2014, SEEDS Working Papers from SEEDS, Sustainability Environmental Economics and Dynamics Studies

Abstract: It is only recently that EU policies have started defining targets for waste reduction despite waste prevention being at the top of the ‘waste hierarchy’. Against this backdrop, we examine whether individual behavior towards waste reduction is more strongly driven by extrinsic motivations such as social norms, or intrinsic motivations, such as altruistic preferences. We exploit a new survey covering 22,759 individuals from EU27 countries. Our results suggest that individual preferences matter to move beyond an orientation based on recycling, to achieve a reduction of the sources of waste. Behaviour patterns which lead to waste reduction are seldom socially oriented, seldom exposed to peer pressure, and very reliant on purely ‘altruistic’ attitudes.

Keywords: intrinsic motivations; extrinsic motivations; social norms; recycling; waste reduction; green preferences. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q53 R11 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2014-08, Revised 2014-08
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