Human Capital and Climate Change

27 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2023

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Noam Angrist

University of Oxford; Youth Impact

Kevin Winseck

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Harry A. Patrinos

World Bank

Joshua Graff Zivin

School of Global Policy and Strategy; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Abstract

Addressing climate change requires individual behavior change and voter support for pro-climate policies, yet surprisingly little is known about how to achieve these outcomes. In this paper, we estimate causal effects of additional education on pro-climate outcomes using new compulsory schooling law data across 16 European countries. We analyze effects on pro-climate beliefs, behaviors, policy preferences, and novel data on voting for green parties – a particularly consequential outcome to combat climate change. Results show a year of education increases pro-climate beliefs, behaviors, most policy preferences, and green voting, with voting gains equivalent to a substantial 35% increase.

Keywords: human capital, education, climate change, compulsory schooling laws, voting

JEL Classification: D72, H41, I20, I28, P16, Q01, Q5

Suggested Citation

Angrist, Noam and Angrist, Noam and Winseck, Kevin and Patrinos, Harry Anthony and Graff Zivin, Joshua, Human Capital and Climate Change. IZA Discussion Paper No. 15991, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4381872 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4381872

Noam Angrist (Contact Author)

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Kevin Winseck

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Harry Anthony Patrinos

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Joshua Graff Zivin

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