Green Governments

47 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2020

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Niklas Potrafke

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Kaspar Wuthrich

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

We examine how Green governments influence environmental, macroeconomic, and education outcomes. We exploit that the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan gave rise to an unanticipated change in government in the German state Baden-Wuerttemberg in 2011. Using the synthetic control method, we find no evidence that the Green government influenced CO2 emissions or increased renewable energy usage overall. The share of wind power usage even decreased. Intra-ecological conflicts prevented the Green government from implementing drastic changes in environmental policies. The results do not suggest that the Green government influenced macroeconomic outcomes. Inclusive education policies caused comprehensive schools to become larger.

JEL Classification: C330, D720, E650, H700, I210, Q480, Q580

Suggested Citation

Potrafke, Niklas and Wuthrich, Kaspar, Green Governments (2020). CESifo Working Paper No. 8726, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3741798 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3741798

Niklas Potrafke (Contact Author)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )

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Munich, DE-81679
Germany

Kaspar Wuthrich

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) ( email )

9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
United States

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