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Satisfaction with Democracy and Collective Action Problems: The Case of the Environment

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  • Halla, Martin

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    (University of Linz)

  • Schneider, Friedrich

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    (University of Linz)

  • Wagner, Alexander F.

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    (University of Zurich)

Abstract

Using modern methods for analyzing multi-level data, we find that, by and large, citizens of OECD countries are more satisfied with the way democracy works in their country if more environmental policies are in place and if environmental quality is higher. We also document that parents care about carbon dioxide emissions more than non-parents and that those with a high willingness to pay for environmental quality deplore intervention through government policies.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3613.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2008
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Keywords: environmental economics and policy; satisfaction with democracy; collective action problems;

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  1. Sebastian Goers & Alexander Wagner & Jürgen Wegmayr, 2010. "New and old market-based instruments for climate change policy," Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies - SEEPS, vol. 12(1), pages 1-30, June.
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  4. Sven Rudolph & Friedrich Schneider, 2013. "Political barriers of implementing carbon markets in Japan: A Public Choice analysis and the empirical evidence before and after the Fukushima nuclear disaster," Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies - SEEPS, vol. 15(2), pages 211-235, April.
  5. Sven Rudolph & Friedrich Schneider, 2011. "Did the Japanese Patient Follow the Doctor's Orders? Mostly no! A Public Choice Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Schemes in Japan before and after the Earthquake," CESifo Working Paper Series 3639, CESifo Group Munich.

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