Caterina Gennaioli

Research Officer

Caterina joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in October 2011. She works on topics at the intersection between political economy, environment and development economics. In particular she is interested in studying how institutions influence environmental outcomes and the effectiveness of environmental policy. Her countries of expertise include Indonesia, Brazil and Ethiopia.


Caterina holds an MSc in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra and a PhD in Economics from Bocconi University. During her PhD, she was visiting the University of Chicago. Before joining the LSE, she worked for one year as a Post Doctoral Researcher at FEEM, Milan.

Research interests

  • Political economy;
  • Development;
  • Applied-Microeconometrics;
  • Corruption.
Working paper  15 October, 2015

Searching for carbon leaks in multinational companies

This paper examines whether the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) has led companies to shift the location of production, thereby creating carbon leakage. read more »

Research article  8 September, 2015

The political economy of passing climate change legislation: evidence from a survey

This paper reviews the main domestic factors that drive legislation on climate change. read more »

Research article  2 February, 2015

Are corporate carbon management practices reducing corporate carbon emissions?

This paper is the first large scale, quantitative study of the impact of corporate carbon management practices on corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Using data for 2009 and 2010 from the Carbon Disclosure Project survey, we find little compelling evidence that commonly adopted management practices are reducing emissions. read more »

Research article  29 January, 2015

Do international factors influence the passage of climate change legislation?

The number of climate change laws in major economies has grown from less than 40 in 1997 to almost 500 at the end of 2013. The passage of these laws is influenced by both domestic and international factors. This paper reviews the main international factors, drawing on a powerful new dataset of climate legislation in 66 national jurisdictions. We find that the propensity to legislate on climate change is heavily influenced by the passage of similar laws elsewhere, suggesting a strong and so far under-appreciated role for international policy diffusion. read more »


Working paper  11 September, 2014

Public goods and ethnic diversity: evidence from deforestation in Indonesia

We show that the level of deforestation in Indonesia is positively correlated with the degree of ethnic fractionalization of the communities. We explore several channels that may link the two … read more »

Working paper  3 April, 2014

Domestic dynamics and international influence: What explains the passage of climate change legislation?

This paper analyses national and international factors that drive the adoption of legislation on climate change. Our unique dataset of climate laws identifies 419 pieces of … read more »


Research article  21 March, 2013

Using micro data to examine causal effects of climate policy

Reference Gennaioli, C., Martin, R., Muuls, M. 2013. Using micro data to examine causal effects of climate policy. In: Handbook on Energy and Climate Change (Roger Fouquet [ed.]), Edwards Elgar … read more »

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Grantham Workshop 11 Nov 2015

Grantham Workshop | Caterina Gennaioli "Toxic roads: unearthing hazardous waste dumping"

Caterina Gennaioli, a Research Officer at the Grantham Research Institute, will be the speaker for this seminar


Students at a lecture at the London School of Economics
Grantham Workshop 9 Jul 2014

GLOBE Climate legislation study

A review of climate legislation in 66 countries: findings from the 4th edition and outlook to the 5th edition read more »

Grantham Workshop 22 Jan 2014

Ethnic Diversity and Deforestation: Evidence from Indonesia

Grantham Workshop seminar series   Speaker: Caterina Gennaioli


Energy, technology and innovation
Grantham Workshop, Policy Seminars 27 Feb 2012

'Clean' or 'dirty' energy: evidence on a renewable energy resource curse

The above paper, written by Caterina Gennaioli and Massimo Tavoni, will be presented. Taking a political economy approach, the link between public support schemes for renewable energy and the potential … read more »

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