Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Fall 2020

Department 1

Political Science


Environmental regulation is often viewed as conflicting with economic needs. This paper examines under what personal and contextual economic conditions individuals support increased environmental protection efforts. Data from the 2017 World Values Survey is analyzed to determine the probability that an individual will prioritize environmental protection over economic growth at varying levels of household income with a comparison between the context of an economically secure country and an economically insecure country. The results indicate that, across all income levels, individuals in economically secure countries are more likely to prioritize the environment than those in economically insecure countries. In a comparison of individuals within economically secure countries, the results do not support a change in an individual's likelihood of prioritizing environmental protection based on household income level.


Written for POL 215: Methods of Political Science