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Moving Toward Greener Societies: Moral Motivation and Green Behaviour

Author:
Cerda Planas, Lorenzo
Source:
Environmental and resource economics 2018 v.70 no.4 pp. 835-860
ISSN:
0924-6460
Subject:
income, motivation, society
Abstract:
I provide an alternative explanation for why societies exhibit varied environmental behaviours. I use a Kantian moral approach at a microeconomic level. I show that two identical societies (in terms of income level and political system) might follow different paths with respect to their “green” behaviour. Additionally, I identify tipping points that could nudge a society from a polluting behaviour to a green one. I find that the perception of environment within the society can be an important factor in this shift.
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6082239