Do Environmentalists Practice What They Preach? Environmental Ideology as a Determinant of Voting and Private Consumption Choice

26 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2005

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Matthew E. Kahn

University of Southern California; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: March 2005

Abstract

In California, Green Party and Democratic Party communities vote in favor of ballot initiatives that are pro-environment while Republican Party communities are less likely to vote in favor of such initiatives. Given that these ideology measures have predictive power in political markets, do these same measures have predictive power in explaining private consumption differences? This paper uses several consumption data sets to document that households who live in communities where Green Party voters are over-represented consume fewer resources than observationally identical "non-Greens". While Democrats vote green, their private consumption patterns are the same as Republicans.

Keywords: Environmentalism, Voting, Consumption, Ideology

JEL Classification: R1

Suggested Citation

Kahn, Matthew E., Do Environmentalists Practice What They Preach? Environmental Ideology as a Determinant of Voting and Private Consumption Choice (March 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=687831 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.687831

Matthew E. Kahn (Contact Author)

University of Southern California ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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