Voting for the environment: the importance of democracy and education in Latin America
This study found that doubling the level of democracy in Latin America reduces CO2 emissions per capita by up to 6%. This relationship is estimated by using a fixed effects panel system of equations for 19 Latin American countries, between 1995 and 2008. Democracy acts as a conduit for increasing demands on environmental quality in Latin America, due to increases in urban population and prosperity. Nevertheless, this study has, at least, two caveats: first it cannot unveil the long run relationship between democracy and environmental quality in Latin America; and, secondly, this study assumes that democracy entails positives outcomes for countries adopting this political system.
Palabras Clave / KeywordsDemocracy, Environmental Quality, CO2 Emissions per Capita, Latin America, Panel System of Equations.
Tipo de ArtículoArtículo de investigación científica y tecnológica
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