An Empirical Study of the Determinants of Green Party Voting

I have a new working paper out, it is entitled “An Empirical Study of the Determinants of Green Party Voting“. (download: ATP_5_2013)
In this paper I empirically study the determinants of individuals’ green voting behavior. I suggest that voting behavior is a less biased variable than commonly-used measures like willingness-to-pay and may be a better proxy for characterizing environmental attitudes. I make use of three datasets from Germany, a panel dataset and two cross-sectional datasets. The empirically strongest determinants are the voters’ attitude or distance to nuclear sites, the level of schooling and the net income. I show that those voters with deviant attitudes or alternative world views are more likely to vote green, a result of the fact that the green party has always had the position of a protest party. I find little role for demographic variables like sex, marital status or the number of children. This is in contrast to the stated preference literature. Age plays a role for explaining voting behavior only insofar as it proxies for health.

I’d be very happy about any comments! Private or public, give it a shot! Thanks!

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