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Onur Sapci
''The impact of environmental economics class on college students` future temperature expectations''
( 2021, Vol. 41 No.3 )
This paper explores how college students` expectations for future temperatures change after taking an environmental economics class. As an empirical examination, survey data was collected from two groups of students, students who are taking environmental economics course and students who are not. I obtain regional temperature expectations initially from both groups. By the end of the semester, I obtain temperature predictions once more. Only the group of participants who are taking environment-related courses update their temperature predictions. Learning economic information on climate change shifts the mean of future temperature predictions up by 2 degrees Fahrenheit. The survey participants who went through formal training on climate change have about 3.6% higher prediction than participants with similar backgrounds who did not go through this learning experience. This suggests that climate change education is effective in changing perceptions.
Keywords: Learning, College Education, Climate Change, Expectations
JEL: Q5 - Environmental Economics: General
A2 - Economics Education and Teaching of Economics: General
Manuscript Received : Mar 29 2021 Manuscript Accepted : Sep 17 2021

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