The Generational Divide in Support for Climate Change Policies: European Evidence

22 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2005

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W. Kip Viscusi

Vanderbilt University - Law School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Vanderbilt University - Department of Economics; Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management; Vanderbilt University - Strategy and Business Economics

Joni Hersch

Vanderbilt University - Law School; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management; Vanderbilt University - College of Arts and Science - Department of Economics

Date Written: February 2005

Abstract

This article examines age variations in support for climate change policies in a sample of over 14,000 respondents to a 1999 Eurobarometer survey. There is a steady decline with age in whether respondents are willing to incur higher gasoline taxes to protect the environment and in the amount of gasoline taxes they are willing to pay. This relationship remains even controlling for demographic characteristics and country of residence. This article examines whether age or factors correlated with age explain the age-related decline in willingness to pay. There are age-related differences in information about environmental risks, information sources about the environment, perceived health risks from climate change, and degree of worry about climate change. However, even taking these factors into account does not eliminate the age variation in willingness to pay for a gasoline tax to protect the environment.

Keywords: global warming, climate change, willingness to pay, gasoline taxes

JEL Classification: Q25, H23

Suggested Citation

Viscusi, W. Kip and Hersch, Joni, The Generational Divide in Support for Climate Change Policies: European Evidence (February 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=670323 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.670323

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