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Représentation économique du comportement écologique des consommateurs. Le cas des déchets ménagers

Abstract : This PhD dissertation deals with the economic representation of consumer behavior with regards to their environmental conscience. The particular focus point is the production of household wastes, which is analyzed from a dual point of view: on the one hand as a consequence of consumption activities, and as a specific economic choice activity on the other.
The central problem of this dissertation is thus the following: can the phenomenon “waste” be economically represented as an individual consumption act? The first part of this thesis deals with the environmental sensitivity of consumers in general, and their sensitivity for waste in particular. It is supposed that individuals can integrate the environment in their consumption choices, when buying products on the market: this is defined as continuous environmental rationality.
The second part develops the behavior of an individual that decides to separate its waste. On the basis of a qualitative survey among households, their discourse and actions are analyzed in order to define the behavior of a waste consumer-producer (-recycler). One of the results of our survey is the assumption that when economic agents have an environmental conscience, this latter isn't necessarily translated into consumption choices. The conscience for household wastes, which occur only after the consumption moment, defines a discontinuous environmental rationality. On this basis, we suggest to widen the traditional analytical framework of household consumption.
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Patrick Jolivet. Représentation économique du comportement écologique des consommateurs. Le cas des déchets ménagers. Economies et finances. Université de Versailles-Saint Quentin en Yvelines, 2001. Français. ⟨tel-00003288⟩



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