All pages with keywords: cost-benefit analysis

Why the UK’s smart meter rollout needs to be smarter

Why the UK’s smart meter rollout needs to be smarter

a commentary by Greer Gosnell, Daire McCoy 8 January, 2019

With recent reports criticising the UK Government’s rollout of its smart meter implementation programme, Greer Gosnell and Daire McCoy review the costs and benefits and call for a revamp, particularly of consumer engagement. read more »


Consultation response: Environmental principles and governance after EU exit

a policy publication by Alyssa Gilbert, Maria Carvalho 5 September, 2018

This submission was made to Defra’s consultation on environmental principles and governance after the UK leaves the European Union. read more »


Are seawalls correlated with lower property values in California?

Are seawalls correlated with lower property values in California?

a working paper by Arlan Brucal, Qingran Li, John Lynham 2 July, 2018

As sea levels rise with climate change there is pressure to protect the coast but while individual properties may benefit from seawalls, neighbouring properties may experience negative effects due, for example, to accelerated beach loss. This paper investigates the impacts of seawalls on property values in San Diego and Santa Cruz. read more »


Social discounting: social opportunity cost, social time preference and risk

Social discounting: social opportunity cost, social time preference and risk

a working paper by Michael Spackman 26 April, 2018

This paper addresses enduring misunderstandings about ‘social opportunity cost’ versus ‘social time preference’ discounting. read more »


Survey sponsor effects on the willingness to pay for mortality risk reductions

Survey sponsor effects on the willingness to pay for mortality risk reductions

a working paper by Marcelo Lima 22 August, 2017

This research shows that when the monetary value people place on their health is measured by surveys, the type of institution sponsoring those surveys has an effect on that value. read more »


Discounting and the representative median agent

a working paper by Johannes Emmerling, Ben Groom, Tanja Wettingfeld 24 July, 2017

Social discount rates (SDRs) are used in cost–benefit analysis to determine the present value of future costs and benefits: for example, to determine how much today’s society should invest in … read more »


Michael Spackman

Appropriate time discounting in the public sector

a working paper by Michael Spackman 14 March, 2016

A substantial literature of social discounting has now extended over more than 50 years, but practical approaches in developed economies and international bodies continue to vary widely. This is sometimes … read more »


A review of the economics of adaptation and climate-resilient development

A review of the economics of adaptation and climate-resilient development

a working paper by Paul Watkiss 14 September, 2015

This working paper aims to inform the development community about the current state-of-knowledge and emerging thinking on the economics of adaptation and the application to development. read more »


International climate cooperation is critical, but not for the reasons you might think

International climate cooperation is critical, but not for the reasons you might think

a commentary by Fergus Green 16 July, 2015

Fergus Green looks at the opportunities arising from greater international cooperation on climate change action and how the barriers to cooperation can be overcome. read more »


Nationally Self-Interested Climate Change Mitigation:  A Unified Conceptual Framework

Nationally Self-Interested Climate Change Mitigation: A Unified Conceptual Framework

a working paper by Fergus Green 13 July, 2015

This paper finds that the vast majority of emissions cuts needed to decarbonise the global economy this century can lead to domestic economic benefits that outweigh the costs for individual countries, even before the avoided risks of dangerous climate change are taken into account. read more »