How anonymity and norms influence costly support for environmental causes
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Original versionJournal of Environmental Psychology. 2018, 58 27-30. 10.1016/j.jenvp.2018.07.013
Social norms are a key driver of pro-environmental action, but their influence may vary by context. An important contextual factor is behavior observability. We employ a laboratory quasi-experiment studying donations to environmental organizations under different levels of donor anonymity and under different levels of injunctive social norms. Decision observability amplifies the effect of norms: donations are 84% higher when observability is added to pro-environmental norms, compared to a setting with pro-environmental norms but anonymous decisions.