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The price vs quantity debate: climate policy and the role of business cycles

The price vs quantity debate: climate policy and the role of business cycles

a working paper by Karlygash Kuralbayeva, Anna Grodecka  27 January, 2015

What is the optimal instrument design and choice for a regulator attempting to control emissions by private agents in face of uncertainty arising from business cycles? In applying Weitzman’s result … read more »


Green agricultural policies and poverty reduction

Green agricultural policies and poverty reduction

a policy report by Stefania Lovo, Mintewab Bezabih  26 January, 2015

Since developing countries typically have large agricultural sectors, the implementation of green agricultural policies can play a key role in helping shift to low-carbon economies. However, the challenge … read more »


Luring others into climate action: Coalition formation games with threshold and spillover effects

Luring others into climate action: Coalition formation games with threshold and spillover effects

a working paper by Alessandro Tavoni, Valentina Bosetti, Melanie Heugues  13 January, 2015

Cooperation between countries is required to overcome major societal problems, such as climate change. However, rational logic dictates that individual countries are incentivised not to act, instead preferring to … read more »


Written evidence submitted to the UK Parliamentary Energy and Climate Change Committee

Written evidence submitted to the UK Parliamentary Energy and Climate Change Committee

Outlines the main energy and climate change challenges in the UK over the next five-year term read more »


Submission to inquiry on ‘Environmental risks of fracking’ by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee

Submission to inquiry on ‘Environmental risks of fracking’ by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee

a policy paper by Samuela Bassi, Samuel Fankhauser, Bob Ward, Dimitri Zenghelis, Neil Hirst  20 December, 2014

This is a submission by the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and … read more »


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

Study examines air pollution concentration in 75 urban areas between 2005 and 2011. Focuses specifically on the impacts of changes in the urban environment and transportation mode on pollution. A … read more »


The Role of Insurance in Reducing Direct Risk – The Case of Flood Insurance

The Role of Insurance in Reducing Direct Risk – The Case of Flood Insurance

a research article by Swenja Surminski  18 December, 2014

This article explores the current understanding of flood insurance with a specific focus on the ability of flood insurance to contribute to direct risk reduction. 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 »


Climate change: The necessary, the possible and the desirable. Earth League climate statement on the implications for climate policy from the 5th IPCC Assessment.

Climate change: The necessary, the possible and the desirable. Earth League climate statement on the implications for climate policy from the 5th IPCC Assessment.

a research article by Bob Ward, Nicholas Stern  14 December, 2014

Rockström, J., Brasseur, G., Hoskins, B., Lucht, W., Schellnhuber, J., Kabat, P., Nakicenovic, N., Gong, P., Schlosser, P., Máñez Costa, M., Humble, A., Eyre, N., Gleick, P., James, R., Lucena, … 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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