Environmental Participation and Environmental Motivation (B. Torgler, et al)


Benno Torgler, Maria Angeles Garcia-Valiñas and Alison Macintyre


Environmental Participation, Environmental Motivation, Environmental Morale, Pro-environmental Attitudes, Social Capital


We explore whether environmental motivation affects environmental behavior by focusing on volunteering. The paper first introduces a theoretical model of volunteering in environmental organizations. In a next step, it tests the hypothesis working with a large micro data set covering 32 countries from both Western and Eastern Europe using several different proxies to measure environmental motivation. Our results indicate that environmental motivation has a strong impact on individuals’ voluntary engagement in environmental organizations. A higher level of environmental motivation due to higher environmental moral standards may lead to a stronger voluntary involvement in environmental organizations.


(9 December 2008) FEEM Working Paper No. 95


Environmental Participation and Environmental Motivation