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Social Cohesion and Carbon Emissions

Diego Ramos-Toro ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: This paper demonstrates that population diversity and its adverse effect on social cohesion have a robust, causal, positive effect on the carbon emissions of sufficiently rich economies. An examination of geocoded data on emissions from fossil fuels reveals that such results holds at a subnational level as well. The documented effect of diversity operates through its impact on mistrust and on heterogeneity in preferences, which suggests a social dimension that must be contemplated when setting a strategy to curb human’s carbon footprint.

Keywords: Carbon Emissions; Cohesion; Population Diversity; Trust (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O10 Q50 Q52 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-11-11
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