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Is there a link between cognitive abilities and environmental awareness? Cross-national evidence
- Salahodjaev, Raufhon
- Environmental research 2018 v.166 pp. 86-90
- climate change, cognition, humans, statistical analysis
- This article explores the effect of cognitive abilities on environmental awareness using data from 119 countries for the period 2005–2015. Our findings provide pioneering confirmation that a facet of human psychology, namely cognitive ability, is positively associated with environmentalism. The empirical estimations indicate that when cognitive abilities increase by one standard deviation, climate change awareness increases by approximately 19% (slightly less than one standard deviation). This positive association remains intact when we control for other determinants of environmentalism.