Groupe d’études et de recherche en analyse des décisions

Moving to Greener Societies: Moral Motivation and Green Behaviour

Lorenzo Cerda Planas École d'économie de Paris, France

This paper intends to provide an alternative explanation of why societies behave differently from an environmental point of view. To do so, I use a Kantian moral approach at a microeconomic level. Under this premise, I show that two identical societies (according to income and political system) might follow different paths with respect to their "green" behaviour. Additionally, I identify tipping points that could nudge a society from a polluting behaviour to a green one. I find that environmental perception as well as how governments are elected can be important factors in this shift.