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Environmentally relevant behaviour in a future with a universal basic income

Kretzschmar, Lea (2020) Environmentally relevant behaviour in a future with a universal basic income.

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Abstract:Consuming non-environmentally responsibly in industrial countries has been identified as a main cause for the ongoing environmental crisis. At the same time, unsustainable economic growth has led to unfair resource distribution, resulting in a growing precariat and shrinking middle-class. One possible means to reverse both tendencies might be the Universal Basic Income (UBI), i.e., 1,000 € paid monthly to everyone without further testing’s or requirements. It is proposed that a UBI in the transformation to more sustainability can offer necessary existential security that will foster behaviours for sustainable ends-away from the pursuit of consuming ever more. In order to assess how exactly a UBI might affect the determinants of environmentally relevant behaviour, this study introduces the Theory of Planned and Contextualized Behaviour (TPCB) in an attempt to uncover personal and contextual factors to individuals’ environment relevant behaviour to answer the research question: How do people envision their environment-related behaviour in a society with a UBI under particular consideration of attitude, subjective norm, perceived behavioural control and context (i.e. TPCB determinants)?
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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