Circular economy rebound effect in the context of second-hand clothing consumption


second-hand clothing
circular economy
rebound effect
price effect
moral licencing

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Ciechelska, A., Matel, A., Poskrobko, T., & Sidorczuk-Pietraszko, E. (2024). Circular economy rebound effect in the context of second-hand clothing consumption. Economics and Environment, 87(4), 635, 1–20.


The purpose of this paper was to investigate whether consumer behaviour in the second-hand clothing market causes a rebound effect, and if so, what are the reasons behind it. The study examined two potential causes: the price effect and moral licensing. A survey technique was used for data collection to study the phenomenon quantitatively. Non-parametric tests, analysis of relationships between variables and hierarchical cluster analysis were used to analyse the results. The existence of a rebound effect in the used clothing market was confirmed. At the same time, the magnitude of the substitution rate between new clothing and used clothing was estimated at 1:1.23. It was also proved that the phenomenon under study is influenced by both the price effect and moral licensing.


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