Impact of COVID-19 on Attitudes to Climate Change and Support for Climate Policies

23 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2022

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Adil Mohommad

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Evgenia Pugacheva

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: February 2022

Abstract

This paper inquires into how individual attitudes to climate issues and support for climate policies have evolved in the context of the pandemic. Using data from a unique survey of 14,500 individuals across 16 major economies, this study shows that the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic increased concern for climate change and public support for green recovery policies. This suggests that the global health crisis has opened up more space for policy makers in key large economies to implement bolder climate policies. The study also finds that support for climate policies decreases when a person has experienced income and/or job loss during the pandemic. Protecting incomes and livelihoods in the near-term is thus important also from a climate policy perspective.

Keywords: Climate change, climate policy, public opinion, COVID-19, climate policy perspective, climate policies decrease, health shock, climate issue, climate mitigation policy, Climate change, COVID-19, Climate policy, Global

JEL Classification: Q54, I12, Q58, I10, Q50

Suggested Citation

Mohommad, Adil and Pugacheva, Evgenia, Impact of COVID-19 on Attitudes to Climate Change and Support for Climate Policies (February 2022). IMF Working Paper No. 2022/023, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4070768

Adil Mohommad (Contact Author)

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Evgenia Pugacheva

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States

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