Communicating transportation carbon dioxide emissions information : does gender impact behavioral response?

Authors: Waygood, Edward Owen Douglas; Avineri, Erel
Abstract: General concern and knowledge on climate change have been increasingly studied over the past decades. Gender differences have been found for general environmental concern and knowledge, but mixed findings exist with respect to climate change. In transportation, research has examined potential relations between environmental attitudes and transportation behavior, with mixed findings as well. Recently, the use of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions information to influence choice has been tested with women being found more willing to pay to reduce their personal impacts, suggesting that women are either more willing to change or that their response to information on climate change is stronger. However, those studies used CO2 mass and studies that examined understanding of CO2 information as a mass have found that people struggle to understand it. If concern and knowledge about climate change differ amongst individuals, then, according to theories such as the Transtheoretical Model, the type of information used to motivate choices is likely important. Using a unique data set (n = 236) it is possible to take a first look at how gender might affect concern, knowledge, and action in terms of transportation and climate change. Further, it is also possible to examine behavioral responses to transportation climate change information. Finally, an empirical analysis is conducted of the effect of how the information is presented might differ by gender. Thus, this work aims to investigate whether gender differences might contribute to the explanation of individual behavioral responses (from concern to action) in a transportation climate change context.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 22 August 2016
Open Access Date: 16 August 2016
Document version: AM
This document was published in: Transportation research. Part D, Transport and environment, Vol. 48 (2016)
Alternative version: 10.1016/j.trd.2016.08.026
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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