- Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
- Polo Santa Marta, Via Cantarane 24, Room 1.59
In spite of the global public good properties of climate change, many small actors, in particular cities, have taken the lead in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. This paper focuses on the largest city-level climate initiative, the Covenant of Mayors. It examines the joining behavior of more than three thousand Italian cities and shows that the process is characterized by temporal and spatial clusters. Using several methods, this paper provides empirical evidence on localized policy spillovers as a driver of membership diffusion. The paper also examines whether cities joining the coalition comply with its ambitious goals, or whether the coalition, which lacks an enforcement mechanism, is flawed by cheap talk.