publication

A new index of environmental policy using newspapers

Authors:
Laura Minu Nowzohour
Matthias VAN DEN HEUVEL
Joëlle NOAILLY
2021

We introduce a novel index measuring the salience of US environmental policy over the 1981-2019 period on a monthly basis and on various sub-topics. The index captures the evolution of the relative share of news articles discussing environmental and climate regulations over the last four decades. Our analysis finds a meaningful empirical association between more news on environmental policy and growing opportunities for clean investments. The index is available on our website: www.financingcleantech.com/envp-index.