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Identity and environmentalism: the influence of community characteristics

Owen, Ann L. and Videras, Julio and Wu, Stephen (2008): Identity and environmentalism: the influence of community characteristics.

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Abstract

This paper examines the influence of community characteristics on self-proclaimed environmentalism. We find that the composition of a community affects the likelihood that a person claims to be a strong environmentalist, even after controlling for individual characteristics and pro-environment behaviors. Individuals are more likely to definitely agree they are strong environmentalists if they live in areas where a large share of the population has post-graduate degrees and if they live in heavily Democratic areas or heavily Republican areas. These community effects occur only when individuals are predisposed to take on an environmental identity.

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