The Determinants of Climate Change Policies: Is Intelligence Important?

by Shakhlo Rashidova 


This study investigates the interconnection between national intelligence and climate change policies. The national intelligence is measured by nation’s IQ scores. The conjectured link between cognitive abilities and climate change policies is tested on a sample of 94 countries. As a measure of climate change policies, this study employs Climate Laws, Institutions and Measures Index (CLIMI) the first fundamental effort to measure countries’ policy responses to the risk of climate change. The findings demonstrate compelling evidence that intelligence has positive and causal impact on national and multilateral policies directed on climate change.