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Labeling opinions in the climate debate: a critical review

Labeling opinions in the climate debate: a critical review

a research article by Amelia Sharman, Candice Howarth  19 February, 2015

This paper critically reviews the literature on climate opinion labels, and the efforts taken within an academic context to categorize differences, create new taxonomies of more detailed sub‐labels, or create or argue for the use of new labels such as denier or contrarian. read more »


Why did the knowledge transition occur in the West and not in the East? ICT and the role of governments in Europe, East Asia and the Muslim world

Why did the knowledge transition occur in the West and not in the East? ICT and the role of governments in Europe, East Asia and the Muslim world

a working paper by Ralph Hippe  18 February, 2015

The invention of a new ICT, the printing press, may have been a fundamental turning point in knowledge transition. But did Gutenberg’s printing press succeed in Europe because of, or … read more »


The impact of energy prices on energy efficiency: Evidence from the UK refrigerator market

The impact of energy prices on energy efficiency: Evidence from the UK refrigerator market

a working paper by François Cohen, Matthieu Glachant, Magnus Söderberg  17 February, 2015

It is commonly believed that large energy efficiency gaps exist in the energy-using durables markets. We develop a broad analytical framework capturing consumer purchase behavior and suppliers’ pricing and innovation … read more »


Energy and carbon markets in Europe: Larger or smaller markets?

Energy and carbon markets in Europe: Larger or smaller markets?

a conference presentation by Luca Taschini  10 February, 2015

Presentation given at the Cumberland Lodge Workshop organised by the European Institute at the LSE. read more »


Are corporate carbon management practices reducing corporate carbon emissions?

Are corporate carbon management practices reducing corporate carbon emissions?

a research article by Baran Doda, Caterina Gennaioli, Andy Gouldson, David Grover, Rory Sullivan  2 February, 2015

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 »


Do international factors influence the passage of climate change legislation?

Do international factors influence the passage of climate change legislation?

a research article by Samuel Fankhauser, Caterina Gennaioli, Murray Collins  29 January, 2015

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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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