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Challenges and innovations in the economic evaluation of the risks of climate change

Rising, James A., Taylor, Charlotte, Ives, Matthew C. and Ward, Robert E.t. (2022) Challenges and innovations in the economic evaluation of the risks of climate change. Ecological Economics, 197. ISSN 0921-8009

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2022.107437


A large discrepancy exists between the dire impacts that most natural scientists project we could face from climate change and the modest estimates of damages calculated by mainstream economists. Economic assessments of climate change risks are intended to be comprehensive, covering the full range of physical impacts and their associated market and non-market costs, considering the greater vulnerability of poor people and the challenges of adaptation. Available estimates still fall significantly short of this goal, but alternative approaches that have been proposed attempt to address these gaps. This review seeks to provide a common basis for natural scientists, social scientists, and modellers to understand the research challenges involved in evaluating the economic risks of climate change. Focusing on the estimation processes embedded in economic integrated assessment models and the concerns raised in the literature, we summarise the frontiers of research relevant to improving quantitative damage estimates, representing the full complexity of the associated systems, and evaluating the impact of the various economic assumptions used to manage this complexity.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: Grantham Research Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2022 10:12
Last Modified: 24 May 2024 04:27

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