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Rights to the forest, REDD+ and elections: Mining in Guyana

a research article by Tim Laing  18 December, 2015

This paper examines the impact of electoral cycles and the introduction of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) policy upon the holding of small-scale mining property rights in Guyana. … read more »


Letter to Congressman Lamar Smith in regard to the testimony given by Dr Bjorn Lomborg to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

a policy paper by Bob Ward  18 December, 2015

Lettter from Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director of the Institute, raises concerns about “inaccurate and misleading claims” in the testimony submitted by Dr Bjorn Lomborg to the House of … read more »


Invention and diffusion of water supply and water efficiency technologies: insights from a global patent dataset

a research article by Declan Conway, Antoine Dechezleprêtre  15 December, 2015

This paper identifies over 50,000 patents filed worldwide in various water-related technologies between 1990 and 2010, distinguishing between those related to availability (supply) and conservation (demand) technologies. Patenting activity is … read more »


Adriana Kocornik-Mina

Flooded cities

a working paper by Adriana Kocornik-Mina, Tom McDermott, Guy Michaels, Ferdinand Rauch  15 December, 2015

Does economic activity relocate away from areas that are at high risk of recurring shocks? We examine this question in the context of floods, which are among the costliest and … read more »


Methods for Evaluating the Performance of Emission Trading Schemes

Methods for Evaluating the Performance of Emission Trading Schemes

a policy report by Misato Sato, Tim Laing  14 December, 2015

This report provides a short summary of assessment methodologies that have been used to evaluate different operational aspects and outcomes of existing trading schemes, a literature which to date draws primarily from the EU ETS experience. read more »


Collective intertemporal choice: time consistency vs. time invariance

a working paper by Antony Millner, Geoffrey Heal  14 December, 2015

We study collective choice when individuals have heterogeneous discounted utilitarian preferences. Two attractive properties of intertemporal preferences are indistinguishable for individuals, but have dramatically different implications for collective choice. Time … read more »


Louise Kessler

Estimating the economic impact of the permafrost carbon feedback

a working paper by Louise Kessler  14 December, 2015

The permafrost carbon feedback is not currently taken into account in economic assessments of climate change, yet it could have important implications for the social cost of carbon and the … read more »


Public goods and ethnic diversity: evidence from deforestation in Indonesia

a working paper by Caterina Gennaioli, Stefania Lovo, Alberto Alesina  13 December, 2015

This paper shows that the level of deforestation in Indonesia is positively related to the degree of ethnic fractionalization at the district level. To identify a casual relation we exploit … read more »


Beyond the targets: Assessing the political credibility of national actions and INDCs – Presentation

Beyond the targets: Assessing the political credibility of national actions and INDCs – Presentation

a policy presentation by Alina Averchenkova  10 December, 2015

Presentation given at the Side event at COP21/CMP11 in Paris, France on 8 December 2015.


Beyond the targets: assessing the political credibility of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)

Beyond the targets: assessing the political credibility of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)

a policy report by Alina Averchenkova, Samuela Bassi  8 December, 2015

This paper analyses the credibility of national climate pledges (INDCs). It starts by fleshing out the key determinants of credibility in relation to action on climate change. It then outlines a framework to assess the credibility of a country’s INDC pledges based on these determinants. This framework is used to provide an initial assessment of the credibility of INDCs provided by G20 countries. read more »


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