Demographic Change and the Demand for Environmental Regulation

28 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2000

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Matthew E. Kahn

University of Southern California; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)


Demographic change can influence environmental policy if the demand for environmental regulation varies across demographic groups. For example, educational attainment is rising. If the more educated support greater environmental protection, then this trend predicts increased environmental support. This paper uses four separate data sets to document differences across demographic groups with respect to environmental support. Using the regression estimates, demographics based changes in environmentalism are predicted.

JEL Classification: O28, O38

Suggested Citation

Kahn, Matthew E., Demographic Change and the Demand for Environmental Regulation. Available at SSRN: or

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