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Demand for Environmental Goods: Evidence from Voting Patterns on California Initiatives

Matthew E. Kahn; John G. Matsusaka

Title:
Demand for Environmental Goods: Evidence from Voting Patterns on California Initiatives
Author(s):
Kahn, Matthew E.
Matsusaka, John G.
Date:
Type:
Reports
Department(s):
Economics
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Series:
Department of Economics Discussion Papers
Part Number:
737
Notes:
August 1995
Publisher:
Department of Economics, Columbia University
Publisher Location:
New York
Abstract:
This paper studies voting behavior on 16 environmental ballot propositions in California in order to characterize the demand for environmental goods. The environment is found to be a normal good for people with mean incomes, but some environmental goods are inferior for people with high incomes, at least when supplied collectively. An important "price" of environmental goods is reduced income in the construction, farming, forestry, and manufacturing industries. In most cases, income and price can explain most of the variation in voting; it is not essential to introduce non-economic concepts such as ideology and politics.
Subject(s):
Ecology
Political science
Economics
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Suggested Citation:
Matthew E. Kahn, John G. Matsusaka, , Demand for Environmental Goods: Evidence from Voting Patterns on California Initiatives, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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