Human Capital and Climate Change

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Addressing climate change requires individual behavior change and voter support for pro-climate policies, yet surprisingly little is known about how to achieve these outcomes. In this paper, the authors estimate causal effects of additional education on pro-climate outcomes using new compulsory schooling law data across 20 European countries. They analyze effects on pro-climate beliefs and behaviors, as well as novel data on policy preferences and voting for green parties. Results show that a year of education substantially increases pro-climate beliefs, behaviors, and policy preferences.