Unemployment vs. Global Warming
Institute of the Environment Professor Matt Kahn examines unemployment's impact on environmentalism.
New York Times blog Freakonomics reported on research by Matthew Kahn, a UCLA Institute of the Environment professor with joint appointments in economics and public policy, and colleagues that found that high unemployment rates were associated with less concern for the environment and greater skepticism about global warming. Researchers found that, “Higher unemployment rates within a state decrease internet search activity for global warming, but increase search activity for unemployment. Based on this revealed preference for interest in global warming, therefore, it appears that recessions crowd out concern for the environment…”
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Published: Tuesday, August 24, 2010