Food for the Soul and the Planet: Measuring the Impact of the Return of Meatless Fridays for (Some) UK Catholics

43 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2022

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Shaun Larcom

University of Cambridge

Luca A. Panzone

University of Newcastle

Po-Wen She

National Sun Yat-sen University

Date Written: October 5, 2022

Abstract

We measure the impact of a return to meatless Fridays for English and Welsh Catholics on consumption behaviour, climate change mitigation and religiosity. We find evidence of partial compliance with the reimposed obligation. We then measure the corresponding greenhouse gas reductions - which are non-trivial. The estimated religiosity coefficients are insignificant. We highlight the important role that religious regulations can play in achieving environmental sustainability. We identify a new source of low-cost greenhouse emissions reductions, especially if this practice were to be reinstated by the Catholic Church at a global scale.

Keywords: Food and Religion, Climate Change, Non-State Institutions, Legal Pluralism, Catholic Church

JEL Classification: Q2, D1, KE, Z1

Suggested Citation

Larcom, Shaun and Panzone, Luca A. and She, Po-Wen, Food for the Soul and the Planet: Measuring the Impact of the Return of Meatless Fridays for (Some) UK Catholics (October 5, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4237616 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4237616

Shaun Larcom (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge ( email )

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Luca A. Panzone

University of Newcastle ( email )

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, 2308 NE1 7RU
United Kingdom

Po-Wen She

National Sun Yat-sen University

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