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Economic Affluence versus Ecological Degradation: A Multilevel Empirical Study on Public Environmental Concern in China

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Despite being the world’s second largest economy and the single largest producer of carbon dioxide, few studies have considered China’s public concern over environmental quality. This paper engages the longstanding debate between the postmaterialist values theory and the Objective Problems Subjective Values (OPSV) theory. Specifically, I assessed the impacts of economic affluence, ecologic degradation and other demographic factors on the likelihood of environmental concern for 3,179 individuals across 26 provinces in China. I initially used principle component factor analysis to separate distinct dimensions of environmental concern. Then I employed the multilevel regression method to analyze the associations between the environmental concern variables and the independent variables. The results indicate that ecological degradation plays a more decisive role than economic affluence in shaping one’s environmental concern. In addition, gender, age, and education all exert significant impacts on one’s concern over the environment. The results provide support to the OPSV theory and challenge propositions of the postmaterialist values theory. By using empirical evidence in China to test theoretical frameworks that were originally proposed in the Western world, this paper contributes to the ongoing study of environmental concern. In addition, I argue the formation of public environmental concern can serve as an important prerequisite to initiate collective protests and promote policy changes to improve the deteriorating environment. This analysis should act as an initial step to examine China’s public environmental concern. Further studies that analyze an inclusive group of factors affecting the development of public environmental concern would be beneficial, alongside this study.

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Hao, Feng. "Economic Affluence versus Ecological Degradation: A Multilevel Empirical Study on Public Environmental Concern in China" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, Mar 27, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p706831_index.html>

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Hao, F. , 2014-03-27 "Economic Affluence versus Ecological Degradation: A Multilevel Empirical Study on Public Environmental Concern in China" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon Online <PDF>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p706831_index.html

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Abstract: Despite being the world’s second largest economy and the single largest producer of carbon dioxide, few studies have considered China’s public concern over environmental quality. This paper engages the longstanding debate between the postmaterialist values theory and the Objective Problems Subjective Values (OPSV) theory. Specifically, I assessed the impacts of economic affluence, ecologic degradation and other demographic factors on the likelihood of environmental concern for 3,179 individuals across 26 provinces in China. I initially used principle component factor analysis to separate distinct dimensions of environmental concern. Then I employed the multilevel regression method to analyze the associations between the environmental concern variables and the independent variables. The results indicate that ecological degradation plays a more decisive role than economic affluence in shaping one’s environmental concern. In addition, gender, age, and education all exert significant impacts on one’s concern over the environment. The results provide support to the OPSV theory and challenge propositions of the postmaterialist values theory. By using empirical evidence in China to test theoretical frameworks that were originally proposed in the Western world, this paper contributes to the ongoing study of environmental concern. In addition, I argue the formation of public environmental concern can serve as an important prerequisite to initiate collective protests and promote policy changes to improve the deteriorating environment. This analysis should act as an initial step to examine China’s public environmental concern. Further studies that analyze an inclusive group of factors affecting the development of public environmental concern would be beneficial, alongside this study.


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