Research Officer, Hélia Costa won the IAERE Young Environmental Economist Award 2016 for her paper Pork Barrel as a Signaling Tool: The Case of US Environmental Policy. The paper investigates if and how environmental policies affected by the political cycle. Hélia was praised for having an “interesting theoretical approach integrated with an excellent empirical analysis”. The empirical results show support for the signaling motive as a central mechanism in generating pork barrel towards the environment.

The Award was announced at the Fourth IAERE Annual Conference hosted by the Department of Economics of the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna on February 11-12, 2016.

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