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.
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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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Fredriksson, P.G., Wollscheid, J.R. Legal origins and environmental policies: evidence from OECD and developing countries. Lett Spat Resour Sci 11, 369–375 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12076-018-00219-5
- Legal heritage
- Selection bias
- Climate change