In an economy where consumers are heterogeneous in their preferences over the hedonic and environmental attributes of goods on sale, we explore the effects of anti-consumerism and environmentalism. We show that when the environmental attributes of products come at the expense of the hedonic attributes, a higher supply of anti-consumerism and environmentalism yields the expected positive effect on the environment. In contrast, when hedonic and environmental attributes are jointly met by a good, higher levels of anti-consumerism and environmentalism negatively affect the society’s environmental footprint. Moreover, the impact of anti-consumerism and environmentalism on social welfare is far from being obvious, giving rise to unexpected redistributive effects between firms and consumers.


Citazione suggerita: G. Maccarrone, M. A. Marini, O. Tarola, ‘Shop Until You Drop: the Unexpected Effects of Anticonsumerism and Environmentalism’, 01.2023, Milano, Italy: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei