Dimarts, 14 de novembre de 2017
Seminari A, 15:00h
Università di Roma Tor Vergata; EIEF
DEPT/XREPP (GEPP): "Hurricanes, Climate Change and Electoral Accountability" amb D. Paserman i E. Patacchini.
This paper studies how politicians and voters respond to new information on the threats of climate change. In particular, we study how members of the U.S. House of Representatives change their support for bills aimed at contrasting climate change in the aftermath of a hurricane. Exploiting the quasi-random trajectory of hurricanes within states for identification, we document that Congress members from districts hit by a hurricane are substantially more likely to support green bills in the year after the disaster. The effect appears to be temporary, and mostly driven by the direct experience of a hurricane. Interestingly, congressmen who engage in more climate change legislation face a reduction in the electoral support in the following election.
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