Environmental and Resource Economics

, Volume 63, Issue 2, pp 451–469 | Cite as

Corruption and Climate Change Policies: Do the Bad Old Days Matter?

  • Per G. Fredriksson
  • Eric Neumayer


We study the effect of countries’ historical legacy with corruption on recent climate change policies and on global cooperation. Current policy outcomes build on policy choices made in previous years, and these choices were likely affected by the degree of corruption at the time. Our empirical findings using data for up to 131 countries suggest that accumulated historical experience with corruption is important for today’s policy outcomes, and appears to be more important than the current level of corruption.


Corruption History International public goods  Climate change Environmental policy 

JEL Classification

Q54 Q58 H11 H23 H4 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Geography and Environment, Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the EnvironmentLondon School of EconomicsLondonUK

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