Can Affluence Explain Public Attitudes towards Climate Change Mitigation Policies? A Multilevel Analysis with Data from 27 EU Countries

Center for Global Politics Working Paper 02/2014

Center for Global Politics Working Paper 02/2014

Sasko, David – 2014

This study examines the hypothesis that prosperity is an important determinant of public attitudes towards climate change mitigation. The analysis focuses on attitudes towards climate change mitigation policies in 27 EU countries using Eurobarometer data from June 2011. In the analysis, a random intercept multilevel model is used to test the relative strength of different individual level and country level effects. The results support the hypothesis that a higher level of prosperity leads to more concern about the environment. This study shows that individual affluence is an important determinant of the level of individual support for climate change mitigation policy. Furthermore, the results indicate that individual prosperity has a stronger effect than the overall level of wealth in society.

Title
Can Affluence Explain Public Attitudes towards Climate Change Mitigation Policies? A Multilevel Analysis with Data from 27 EU Countries
Author
Sasko, David
Publisher
Center for Global Politics
Location
Garystraße 55, D-14195 Berlin
Keywords
climate change, migration policies
Date
2014-02
Identifier
ISSN: 1869-9243
Language
eng
Type
Text
Format
application/pdf
Size or Duration
427 kb