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Urban development and air pollution:  Evidence from a global panel of cities

Urban development and air pollution: Evidence from a global panel of cities

a working paper by Charles Palmer, Christian Hilber  19 December, 2014

We exploit a unique panel of 75 metro areas (‘cities’) across the globe and employ a city-fixed effects model to identify the determinants of within-city changes in air pollution concentration … read more »


Post-2020 climate agreements in the major economies assessed in the light of global models

Post-2020 climate agreements in the major economies assessed in the light of global models

a research article by Alex Bowen, Emanuele Campiglio  16 December, 2014

Integrated assessment models can help in quantifying the implications of international climate agreements and regional climate action. This paper reviews scenario results from model intercomparison projects to explore different … read more »


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How to price carbon in good times… and bad

a policy paper by Baran Doda  12 December, 2014

Responsive cap-and-trade systems and carbon taxes can improve climate change policy by allowing higher greenhouse gas emissions during times of economic expansions and lower emissions during recessions. read more »


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Taming the beasts of ‘burden-sharing’: an analysis of equitable mitigation actions and approaches to 2030 mitigation pledges

a policy paper by Alina Averchenkova, Nicholas Stern, Dimitri Zenghelis  11 December, 2014

Countries are now seeking to reach a new international agreement on climate change, to be signed in Paris in December 2015. A key element of the international negotiations … read more »


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Growth, climate and collaboration: towards agreement in Paris 2015

a policy paper by Nicholas Stern  8 December, 2014

Paper explores 4 key elements on which an agreeement at the COP21 – Paris 2015 Climate Change talks could be based read more »


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The conservation versus production trade-off: does livestock intensification increase deforestation? Evidence from the Brazilian Amazon

a working paper by Petterson Molina Vale  2 December, 2014

More cattle, less deforestation? Land use intensification in the Amazon is an unexpected phenomenon. Theories of hollow frontier, speculative behaviour and boom-bust all share the prediction that livestock production will … read more »


Managing the climate commons at the nexus of ecology, behaviour and economics

Managing the climate commons at the nexus of ecology, behaviour and economics

a research article by Alessandro Tavoni, Simon Levin  26 November, 2014

Academic contributions to climate change policy have been constrained by methodological and terminological differences, so we discuss how programmes aimed at cross-disciplinary education and involvement in governance may help to unlock scholars’ potential to propose new solutions. read more »


Resolving intertemporal conflicts: Economics vs. Politics

Resolving intertemporal conflicts: Economics vs. Politics

a working paper by Antony Millner, Geoffrey Heal  24 November, 2014

Intertemporal conflicts occur when a group of agents with heterogeneous time preferences must make a collective decision about how to manage a common asset. How should this be done? We … read more »


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Path dependence, innovation and the economics of climate change

a policy report by Philippe Aghion, Cameron Hepburn, Alexander Teytelboym, Dimitri Zenghelis  24 November, 2014

Shifting our fossil-fuelled civilisation to clean modes of production and consumption requires deep transformations in our energy and economic systems read more »


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Innovation, risk and government: perspectives and principles from the social sciences

a policy paper by Nicholas Stern, Fergus Green, Rodney Boyd, Reuben Finighan  19 November, 2014

The interplay between innovation and risk, and the social interactions between public and private sectors, are critical in fostering innovation and determining its effectiveness. read more »


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