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Alessandro Tavoni

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

a research article by Valentina Bosetti, Melanie Heugues, Alessandro Tavoni  17 February, 2017

We explore the prospects of cooperation in a threshold public bad game. The experiment’s setup allows us to investigate the issue of effort coordination between signatories and non-signatories to … read more »


Social discounting: the SOC/STP divide

Social discounting: the SOC/STP divide

a working paper by Michael Spackman  10 February, 2017

More than 50 years of social discounting literature have not delivered satisfactory academic guidance to government practitioners. Users of the social opportunity cost (SOC) paradigm do not always appreciate that … read more »


Using Adaptation Insurance to Incentivize Climate-change Mitigation

Using Adaptation Insurance to Incentivize Climate-change Mitigation

a research article by Alessandro Tavoni  10 February, 2017

Effective responses to climate change may demand a radical shift in human lifestyles away from self-interest for material gain, towards self-restraint for the public good. The challenge then lies … read more »


Resilience in the global food system

Resilience in the global food system

a research article by Alessandro Tavoni  9 February, 2017

Ensuring food security requires food production and distribution systems function throughout disruptions. Understanding the factors that contribute to the global food system’s ability to respond and adapt to such … read more »


Tenure security, human capital and soil conservation in an overlapping generation rural economy

Tenure security, human capital and soil conservation in an overlapping generation rural economy

a research article by Shaikh Eskander, Edward barbier  6 February, 2017

We develop an overlapping generation model of rural agricultural households to examine whether tenure security and subsistence needs influence the choice between unexploited topsoil and investment in children’s human … read more »


The cost of adapting to climate change: evidence from the US residential sector

The cost of adapting to climate change: evidence from the US residential sector

a working paper by François Cohen, Matthieu Glachant, Magnus Söderberg  1 February, 2017

Using household-level data from the American Housing Survey, this paper assesses the cost of adapting housing to temperature increases. The authors account for both energy use adjustments and capital adjustments through investments in weatherization and heating and cooling equipment. read more »


A new approach to an  age-old problem:  solving externalities by incenting workers directly

A new approach to an age-old problem: solving externalities by incenting workers directly

a working paper by Greer Gosnell, John List, Robert Metcalfe  31 January, 2017

This paper draws on the findings of a field experiment with Virgin Atlantic Airways. The experiment shows that changes to the behaviour of pilots brought about through monitoring, target setting and small incentives helped bring about large cuts in CO2 emissions. read more »


Was von Thünen right? Cattle intensification and deforestation in Brazil

Was von Thünen right? Cattle intensification and deforestation in Brazil

a working paper by Francisco Pereira Fontes, Charles Palmer  27 January, 2017

This paper examines whether patterns of cattle intensification, deforestation and pasture expansion in the Brazilian state of Rondonia are consistent with the land rent framework, in which location and distance to markets are key determinants of rents. read more »


Characterising half a degree difference: a review of methods for identifying regional climate responses to global warming targets

Characterising half a degree difference: a review of methods for identifying regional climate responses to global warming targets

a research article by Rachel James, Richard Washington, Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, Joeri Rogelj, Declan Conway  25 January, 2017

The Paris Agreement long-term global temperature goal refers to two global warming levels: well below 2°C and 1.5°C above preindustrial. Regional climate signals at specific global warming levels, and … read more »


Valuing predictability

Valuing predictability

a working paper by Antony Millner, Daniel Heyen  19 January, 2017

The authors of this paper study the question of how important it is to predict the distant future. read more »


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