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Statistical corruption in Beijing’s air quality data has likely ended in 2012

Statistical corruption in Beijing’s air quality data has likely ended in 2012

a research article by Thomas Stoerk  18 February, 2016

This research documents changes in likely misreporting in official air quality data from Beijing for the years 2008–2013. It is shown that, consistent with prior research, the official Chinese … read more »

Heterogeneous intergenerational altruism

a working paper by Antony Millner  17 February, 2016

Agents exhibit pure intergenerational altruism if they care not just about the consumption utility experienced by future generations, but about their total wellbeing. If all generations are altruistic, each generation’s … read more »

Pork barrel as a signaling tool: the case of US environmental policy

Pork barrel as a signaling tool: the case of US environmental policy

a working paper by Hélia Costa  11 February, 2016

Are environmental policies affected by the political cycle? This paper investigates if environmental spending is used as pork barrel with signaling purposes. It develops a two-period model of electoral competition … read more »

Seven reasons to use carbon pricing in climate policy

a working paper by Andrea Baranzini, Jeroen van den Bergh, Stefano Carattini, Richard Howarth, Emilio Padilla, Jordi Roca  11 February, 2016

The idea of a global carbon price has been a recurrent theme in debates on international climate policy. Discarded at the Conference of Parties (COP) of Copenhagen in 2009, it … read more »

Assessing surface water flood risk and management strategies under future climate change: an agent-based model approach

a working paper by Katie Jenkins, Swenja Surminski, Jim Hall, Florence Crick  8 February, 2016

Flooding is the costliest natural disaster worldwide. In the UK flooding is listed as a major risk on the National Risk Register with surface water flooding the most likely cause … read more »

Carbon Taxes, Path Dependency, and Directed Technical Change: Evidence from the Auto Industry

a research article by Philippe Aghion, Antoine Dechezleprêtre, David Hémous, Ralf Martin, John Van Reenen  1 February, 2016

Can directed technical change be used to combat climate change? We construct new firm-level panel data on auto industry innovation distinguishing between “dirty” (internal combustion engine) and “clean” (e.g., electric, … read more »

Beyond the targets: assessing the political credibility of pledges for the Paris Agreement

a policy report by Alina Averchenkova, Samuela Bassi  1 February, 2016

This report provides the results of an analysis of “intended nationally determined contributions”, or INDCs, that were submitted by countries ahead of the Paris Agreement on climate change. read more »

Water resources transfers through southern African food trade: water efficiency and climate signals

a research article by Carole Dalin, Declan Conway  27 January, 2016

We combine global hydrological model simulations with international food trade data to quantify the water resources embedded in international food trade in southern Africa and with the rest of the world, from 1986–2011. read more »

‘Green growth’ and the new Industrial Revolution

‘Green growth’ and the new Industrial Revolution

a policy report by Alex Bowen, Chris Duffy, Sam Fankhauser  26 January, 2016

This policy brief summarises the main policy implications of a two-year research programme, sponsored by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), which aimed to contribute to the growing evidence base on green growth. read more »

Well-being dynamics and poverty traps

a working paper by Christopher Barrett, Teevrat Garg, Linden McBride  20 January, 2016

This paper reviews the theoretical and empirical evidence on single and multiple equilibria poverty traps at the macro, meso, and, especially, micro levels. read more »

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