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Politics and environmental policy: theory and evidence from US states

Sturm, Daniel and List, John (2002) Politics and environmental policy: theory and evidence from US states. In: EEA 2002, 22-24 Aug 2002, Venice, Italy. (Unpublished)

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We develop a two dimensional political agency model, which is in the spirit of the political agency literature. A politician, who faces peridic elections, has to decide on the level of public spending and an environmental regulation. We introduce a term limit into this model and develop the predictions of the model for the differences in envrionmental policy between years in which the politician does and does not face a binding term limit. These predictions are tested on panel data on environmental policy choices of US governors for the years 1960-98.

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Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JC Political theory
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D72 - Economic Models of Political Processes: Rent-Seeking, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q2 - Renewable Resources and Conservation > Q28 - Government Policy
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Departments > Economics
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2008 11:38

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