Legal origins and environmental policies: evidence from OECD and developing countries
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We investigate the implication of a civil law legal heritage versus common law heritage for environmental policy outcomes. We utilize several estimators that address selection issues. Common law countries set weaker climate change policies than do civil law countries.
KeywordsLegal heritage Selection bias Regulations Climate change Environment
JEL ClassificationD72 D78 H23 K23 Q58
The authors thank the two helpful and knowledgeable referees and the participants at the “Beyond IPCC – Future Paths for Climate Research” conference, Gothenburg, for useful comments on this research program. Tobias Böhmelt kindly shared data and clarifications. Fredriksson gratefully acknowledges support from UofL. The usual disclaimers apply.
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