EGU21-7840, updated on 04 Mar 2021
EGU General Assembly 2021
© Author(s) 2021. This work is distributed under
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Climate change and air conditioning adoption: the role of remittances

Filippo Pavanello1,2,3 and Teresa Randazzo2,3
Filippo Pavanello and Teresa Randazzo
  • 1University of Bologna, Economics, Italy
  • 2Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Economics, Italy
  • 3Fondazione CMCC, Italy

Do remittances improve how households adapt to global warming? We explore this question exploiting a nationally-representative household data from Mexico - a country that experiences a large flow of remittances. Mexican households respond to excess heat by purchasing air conditioning and remittances can be used to adopt and use cooling devices that contribute to maintaining thermal comfort at home. Our results show that recipient households have a higher probability to adopt air conditioning at home with important implication on electricity consumption. The effect is even larger for those households living in high-temperature areas showing an important role of remittances in the climate adaptation process.

How to cite: Pavanello, F. and Randazzo, T.: Climate change and air conditioning adoption: the role of remittances, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-7840,, 2021.