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Climate Change and Political Participation: Evidence from India

Amrit Amirapu, Irma Clots-Figueras and Juan Pablo Rud
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Juan Pablo Rud: University of London/IZA/Institute of Fiscal Studies

No 281, Working Papers from Red Nacional de Investigadores en Economía (RedNIE)

Abstract: We study the effects of temperature shocks on electoral outcomes in Indian elections. Taking advantage of localized, high-frequency data on temperatures, we find that exposure to extreme temperatures the year before an election increases voter turnout, changes the composition of the candidate pool, and leads to different electoral outcomes (e.g. winning candidates are more likely to have an agricultural background). The effects are driven by reductions in agricultural productivity and are strongest in rural areas. We also show that temperature shocks increase the value voters place on agricultural issues and on policies which mitigate the effects of extreme temperatures, such as irrigation.

Pages: 44 pages
Date: 2023-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr, nep-cdm, nep-dev, nep-env, nep-pol and nep-soc
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