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Do parents leave a smaller carbon footprint?

Jonas Nordström, Jason Shogren () and Linda Thunström ()
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Linda Thunström: Department of Economics, University of Wyoming

No 2017/12, IFRO Working Paper from University of Copenhagen, Department of Food and Resource Economics

Abstract: While becoming a parent is transformational as one focuses more on the future, the time constraints are more binding right now. Using a unique data set that allows us to compare CO2 emissions from Swedish two-adult households with and without children, we find becoming a Swedish parent causes a person to leave a larger carbon footprint—due to changes in transportation patterns and food consumption choices.

Keywords: Children; parent; CO2 emissions; sustainable consumption; time constraints; food; transportation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D10 D90 Q54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2017-12
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