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Adverse welfare shocks and pro-environmental behavior: Evidence from the global economic crisis

Ivlevs, Artjoms

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© 2018 International Association for Research in Income and Wealth This paper examines the effects of the 2008–9 global economic crisis on people's pro-environmental behavior and willingness to pay for climate change mitigation. We hypothesize that the crisis has affected pro-environmental behaviors through tightening of budget constraints and relaxation of time constraints. Using data from a large representative survey Life in Transition II, conducted in 35 European and Central Asian countries in 2010, we find that people adversely affected by the crisis are more likely to act in an environmentally-friendly way, but less likely to be willing to pay for climate change mitigation. Our findings confirm the importance of time and budget constraints for undertaking pro-environmental action, and highlight a potentially positive role of adverse, external welfare shocks in shaping pro-environmental behavior.

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Ivlevs, A. (2019). Adverse welfare shocks and pro-environmental behavior: Evidence from the global economic crisis. Review of Income and Wealth, 65(2), 293-311. https://doi.org/10.1111/roiw.12355

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 1, 2017
Online Publication Date Feb 12, 2018
Publication Date Jun 1, 2019
Deposit Date Nov 2, 2017
Publicly Available Date Feb 13, 2020
Journal Review of Income and Wealth
Print ISSN 0034-6586
Electronic ISSN 1475-4991
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 65
Issue 2
Pages 293-311
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/roiw.12355
Keywords global economic crisis, adverse welfare shocks, pro-environmental behaviour, willingness to pay for climate change mitigation, transition economies
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/846007
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1111/roiw.12355
Additional Information Additional Information : This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Ivlevs, A. (2017) Adverse welfare shocks and pro-environmental behaviour: Evidence from the global economic crisis. Review of Income and Wealth. ISSN 1475-4991, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/roiw.12355. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving

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