- University of Verona
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Polo Santa Marta, Via Cantarane 24, Sala Vaona
We study at the individual level the connection between actions meant to reduce energy use and beliefs about personal responsibility on climate change mitigation. In addition, we also examine the role of human values and cross-country differences in shaping beliefs and behaviours. Using data from 23 (mostly) European countries, we find large heterogeneity in both beliefs and values, with richer countries being more likely to exhibit more concern about the environment. Personal responsibility and actual energy saving are positively correlated, but the correlation is not high. As regards human values, self-enhancement and conservation are positively correlated with responsibility, while self-transcendence and openness are negatively correlated. Values are instead not as correlated with energy saving, since we find only a positive correlation with self-enhancement and a negative correlation with conservation.