Work-related consumption drivers and consumption at work

Inge Røpke

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    The main message in this paper is that the discussion on sustainable consumption should also incorporate the consumption that occurs in relation to work and, more generally, the relationship between consumption at work and consumption at home. I start by considering how domestic consumption is encouraged by work-related factors and continue to consider how consumption activities occur in the workplace, so illustrating that production and consumption are intertwined. The main part of the paper deals in detail with the conceptual distinction between production and consumption. Inspiration is drawn from both ecology and economics with focus on some important predecessors for ecological economics. I conclude with reflections on how to proceed with consumption studies to provide the basis for promoting more sustainable life patterns.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Ecological Economics of Consumption
    EditorsLucia A. Reisch and Inge Røpke
    Place of PublicationCheltenham
    PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
    Publication date2004
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


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