Data Management

Environmental Concern And The Business Cycle: The Chilling Effect Of Recession

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Executive Summary

This paper uses three different sources of data to investigate the association between the business cycle - measured with unemployment rates - and environmental concern. Building on recent research that finds internet search terms to be useful predictors of health epidemics and economic activity, the authors find that an increase in a state's unemployment rate decreases Google searches for "Global warming" and increases searches for "Unemployment," and that the effect differs according to a state's political ideology.

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