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Gender and Climate Action

Niklas Elert () and Erik Lundin ()

No 1332, Working Paper Series from Research Institute of Industrial Economics

Abstract: It is well-known that men and women differ in their views regarding the severity of climate change, but do they also differ in their support for climate policy and in undertaking climate action in their everyday lives? Previous survey evidence on these questions is inconclusive, but we can answer them using unique survey data from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA). Regression analysis confirms that Swedish women believe more strongly than men that climate change will affect Sweden. Further, women engage in more climate-mitigating behavior than men, even conditional on climate beliefs. The association between gender and climate policy support is less robust and disappears altogether when climate beliefs are controlled for, demonstrating that climate beliefs is the main mechanism explaining the relationship between gender and policy support.

Keywords: Climate change; Public opinion; Gender; Environmental beliefs (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H23 J16 O44 Q54 Q58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2020-04-21, Revised 2022-02-18
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