Conscientious vs. ambivalent consumers: Do concerns about energy availability and climate change influence consumer behaviour?

Wicker P, Becken S (2013)
Ecological Economics 88: 41-48.

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Wicker, PamelaUniBi; Becken, Susanne
Abstract / Bemerkung
Energy availability and climate change are interrelated concerns with economic components. They need to be addressed by policy makers and they require changes in energy consumption. This study examines whether concerns about energy availability and climate change influence consumer behaviour, policy perceptions, and beliefs about future energy consumption. This question is investigated by analysing data from the Eurobarometer 75.4, a comprehensive survey of citizens from all countries of the European Union that was conducted in June 2011 (n = 26,840). The regression results show that people concerned about climate change were significantly more likely to take action to mitigate climate change, and to be more favourably disposed towards energy policies and future changes in energy consumption, than people who were not concerned about climate change. On the other hand, people who were concerned about energy availability undertook fewer actions and neither supported energy policies nor believed in future changes in energy consumption. This surprising finding raises questions regarding the adequate communication of energy availability and policies to the public in the European Union.
Stichworte
Climate change; Energy availability; Economic situation; Concern; Consumer behaviour; Policy perception
Erscheinungsjahr
2013
Zeitschriftentitel
Ecological Economics
Band
88
Seite(n)
41-48
ISSN
0921-8009
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2942559

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Wicker P, Becken S. Conscientious vs. ambivalent consumers: Do concerns about energy availability and climate change influence consumer behaviour? Ecological Economics. 2013;88:41-48.
Wicker, P., & Becken, S. (2013). Conscientious vs. ambivalent consumers: Do concerns about energy availability and climate change influence consumer behaviour? Ecological Economics, 88, 41-48. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2013.01.005
Wicker, P., and Becken, S. (2013). Conscientious vs. ambivalent consumers: Do concerns about energy availability and climate change influence consumer behaviour? Ecological Economics 88, 41-48.
Wicker, P., & Becken, S., 2013. Conscientious vs. ambivalent consumers: Do concerns about energy availability and climate change influence consumer behaviour? Ecological Economics, 88, p 41-48.
P. Wicker and S. Becken, “Conscientious vs. ambivalent consumers: Do concerns about energy availability and climate change influence consumer behaviour?”, Ecological Economics, vol. 88, 2013, pp. 41-48.
Wicker, P., Becken, S.: Conscientious vs. ambivalent consumers: Do concerns about energy availability and climate change influence consumer behaviour? Ecological Economics. 88, 41-48 (2013).
Wicker, Pamela, and Becken, Susanne. “Conscientious vs. ambivalent consumers: Do concerns about energy availability and climate change influence consumer behaviour?”. Ecological Economics 88 (2013): 41-48.

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