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On environmental concern, willingness to pay, and postmaterialist values: Evidence from Istanbul

Gökşen, Fatoş and Adaman, Fikret and Zenginobuz, Unal (2001): On environmental concern, willingness to pay, and postmaterialist values: Evidence from Istanbul. Published in: Environment and Behavior , Vol. 34, No. 5 (September 2002): pp. 460-477.

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Abstract

We explore the impact of geographical proximity of environmental problems on environmental concern and willingness to pay (WTP) for environmental improvement, with emphasis on the relevance of Inglehart’s postmaterialism thesis on this inquiry. A questionnaire was administered to 1565 respondents in Istanbul. The Contingent Valuation Method was used to measure WTP. Sea pollution in Istanbul (local issue), soil erosion in Turkey (national issue) and ozone depletion (global issue) were issues chosen for valuation. The sample was separated into three sub-samples, each being presented with only one issue. Individuals distinguish between local and global environmental concern. People with materialist values rather than postmaterialist values exhibit more concern for local environmental problems. However, postmaterialist values determine WTP for improvement in both the local and the global environmental problems. Distinguishing among concern for environmental issues, which are differentiated on the basis of geographical proximity, has relevance for the ongoing postmaterialist values debate.

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