EconStor >
Verein für Socialpolitik >
Ausschuss für Entwicklungsländer, Verein für Socialpolitik >
Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, 2011 (Berlin) >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:

http://hdl.handle.net/10419/48337
  
Title:The Willingness to Pay for Environmental Protection: Are Developing Economies Different? PDF Logo
Authors:Dorsch, Michael
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Berlin 2011 24
Abstract:This paper explores the micro-foundations of public policy over environmental protection in developing economies by examining individual-level preferences for economically costly pollution abatement. The paper empirically investigates individuals' marginal willingness to pay (MWTP) for stronger environmental protection, analyzing nearly 24,000 survey responses, from 24 developing economies, to environmental questions from the 2005-2008 wave of the World Values Survey. I analyze the probability that an individual states she is WTP for further environmental protection depending on her individual-level characteristics and her country's characteristics. The main results to emerge from the analysis include: (i) perceived environmental problems that are local do not determine MWTP, where as perceived problems that are global do, (ii) self-identification as a world citizen is the strongest determinant of demand for greater environmental protection, indicating that motivation to contribute to a global public good is not a strictly post-material notion, and (iii) the primary determinants of MWTP are not qualitatively different from those among respondents in advanced economies. The results pose a challenge to the objective problems, subjective values response to the critique of the post-materialism hypothesis. It appears that the WTP for environmental protection in developing economies follows from subjective values that are universal, rather than from objective problems.
Subjects:Environmental protection policy
Political preferences
Global public goods
World Values Survey
Developing economies
JEL:Q52
Q56
Q58
Document Type:Conference Paper
Appears in Collections:Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, 2011 (Berlin)

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat
24_dorsch.pdf426.33 kBAdobe PDF
No. of Downloads: Counter Stats
Download bibliographical data as: BibTeX
Share on:http://hdl.handle.net/10419/48337

Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.