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Peer influences and proenvironmental behavior: Panel evidence for the role of regional prevalence and diversity

Martin Binder (), Ann-Kathrin Blankenberg and Heinz Welsch

No 367, University of Göttingen Working Papers in Economics from University of Goettingen, Department of Economics

Abstract: Pro-environmental behavior depends on the behavior of others. For a UK panel data set, we find that individuals' pro-environmental behavior increases in the behavior of peers in their region. This happens the more so, the greener the self-image of an individual. Diversity of regional green behavior plays a further role, with fractionalization negatively related to pro-environmental behavior and polarization positively so: peer pressure exerts a less strong influence when behaviors are diverse, and a stronger influence when behaviors are very polarized.

Keywords: pro-environmental behavior; peer influence; prevalence; fractionalization; polarization; UKHLS (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q53 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ene, nep-env, nep-res and nep-ure
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