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Sustainability 2017, 9(3), 415; doi:10.3390/su9030415

Moderating Effects of Trust on Environmentally Significant Behavior in Korea

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Department of Public Administration, Inha University, Inharo100, Nam-gu, Incheon 402-751, Korea
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Graduate School of Governance, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul 03063, Korea
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International Trade Department, Inha University, Inharo100, Nam-gu, Incheon 402-751, Korea
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Received: 22 November 2016 / Revised: 2 March 2017 / Accepted: 5 March 2017 / Published: 10 March 2017
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Abstract

To treat environmental problems and to seek sustainable development, voluntary and cooperative efforts, which is really against the traditional mentality with the emphasis on the individual competitive optimization, became the key to maintain the sustainability of complex social and ecological systems. To understand the cooperative and voluntary individual’s environmentally significant behavior (ESB), this paper focuses on the role of trust, and assesses the effect of trust on the relationship between existing factors and ESB. A structural equation model (SEM) is constructed to estimate the moderating effects of trust on ESB in Korea. We found that people with a negative view on strict environmental regulations do not exhibit ESB and thus nudge policies could be much more effective than the forceful measure. It is noteworthy that public private partnership, as a kind of optimal trust, should be more promoted in the environmental protection policies. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmentally significant behavior (ESB); public private partnership (PPP); trust; structural equation model (SEM); Korea environmentally significant behavior (ESB); public private partnership (PPP); trust; structural equation model (SEM); Korea
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Moon, S.-G.; Jeong, S.Y.; Choi, Y. Moderating Effects of Trust on Environmentally Significant Behavior in Korea. Sustainability 2017, 9, 415.

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