The Impact of Natural Disasters on Individuals’ Choice Between Economic Growth and Environmental Protection: Empirical Evidence from the World Values Survey

  • Vladimir Udalov
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Climate Studies book series (BRIEFSCLIMATE)


The purpose of this chapter is to analyse the effect of natural disasters on individuals’ choice between economic growth and environmental protection. Combining the 2010–2014 wave of the World Values Survey with data on natural disasters from the International Disaster Database, the empirical results provide evidence that respondents from the high-income sub-sample who were affected by natural disasters are more likely to prefer economic growth. However, natural disasters increase the impact of environmental values on the choice between environmental protection and economic growth. As for the low-income sub-sample, natural disasters have no effect on either the choice between economic growth and environmental protection or the relationship between environmental values and pro-environmental choice. This empirical result suggests that individuals in the low-income sub-sample might not causally attribute their experience of extreme weather events to climate change.


Environmental behaviour Environmental protection Economic growth Natural disasters World values survey International disaster database 


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  • Vladimir Udalov
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  1. 1.School of Business and EconomicsUniversity of WuppertalWuppertalGermany

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