An Empirical Study about Social Factors and Pro-environmental Behaviors in Southeast Asia

Abstract

This study aims to investigate the various factors affecting environmental behaviors of the residents in ASEAN countries. To achieve the objective, the data from questionnaire survey "ASEAN Barometer 2009" (sample number of completed questionnaire = 9,080) were used to examine the relationships among demographic characteristics, information access, environmental concerns and environmental behaviors. The data were analyzed using analysis of variance (ANOVA), correlation analysis and path analysis. The empirical results showed that, first, demographics often appeared in previous studies including gender, age, education, income and residence are the determinants of environmental behaviors in ASEAN countries as well. Secondly, policies with economic incentives might largely change people's environmental behaviors in ASEAN countries, in particular, people's participation level in public environmental activities. Thirdly, improved information access through education campaigns and public environmental activities might be effective ways to change ASEAN residents' individual (household) behaviors in terms of environmental protection.



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Jia Li, University of Niigata Prefecture, Japan

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Conference: ACSS2013
Stream: Social Sciences

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