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The Effect of Tropical Cyclones on Climate Change Engagement
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Faculty Publications
  • Corey Lang, University of Rhode Island
  • John David Ryder, University of Rhode Island
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Personal experience can influence our attitudes and actions concerning climate change. This paper examines the experience-perception link in relation to tropical cyclones using a distinctly revealed preference approach, mitigating biases of prior research in this area. Specifically, we study how people alter their internet searches related to climate change in response to tropical cyclones. Using data for the United States 2006–2012, results suggest that searches related to climate change increase with a lag in the months following an event. This finding indicates that the people are connecting tropical cyclones to the broader narrative of climate change in the aftermath of an event and there may be a window of opportunity for building public support for policy action.
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Lang, C., & Ryder, J. D. (2016). The Effect of Tropical Cyclones on Climate Change Engagement. Climatic Change, 135(3), 625-638.

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