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The Climate Decade: Changing Attitudes on Three Continents

Fredrik Carlsson (), Mitesh Kataria (), Alan Krupnick (), Lampi Elina (), Löfgren Åsa (), Ping Qin (), Thomas Sterner and Xiaojun Yang ()
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Alan Krupnick: Resources for the Future,, Postal: 1616 P St., NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
Lampi Elina: Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University, Postal: P.O. Box 640, SE 40530 GÖTEBORG, Sweden
Löfgren Åsa: Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University, Postal: P.O. Box 640, SE 40530 GÖTEBORG, Sweden
Ping Qin: School of Applied Economics, Renmin University of China
Xiaojun Yang: School of Public Policy and Administration, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Postal: China

No 786, Working Papers in Economics from University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics

Abstract: We examine how attitudes and willingness to pay (WTP) for climate policies have changed over the past decade in the United States, China, and Sweden. All three countries exhibit an increased willingness to pay for climate mitigation. Ten years ago, Sweden had a larger fraction of believers in anthropogenic climate change and a higher WTP for mitigation, but today the national averages are more similar. Although we find convergence in public support for climate policy across countries, there is considerable divergence in climate attitudes and preferences within countries, particularly the United States. Political polarization explains part of this divergence.

Keywords: Climate change; willingness to pay; climate policy attitudes; political polarization; multi-country; China; United States; Sweden (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q51 Q54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2020-05
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