Dr Simon Dietz

Co-Director

Since March 31 2011, Simon has been Co-Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, along with Professor Samuel Fankhauser|, and Professor Judith Rees|.

Simon has worked at LSE since 2006, and joined the Grantham Research Institute upon its launch in 2008. 

Simon also holds the following positions:  

Background

Previously, Simon worked at the UK Treasury, as an economic adviser on the 'The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change'.

Simon holds a starred first class honours degree in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia, and Masters and PhD degrees from LSE, specialising in env

ironmental policy and economics.

Research programmes

Topic lead of 'Climate decisions under uncertainty|'

Topic lead of 'Equity and the ethics of climate change|'

Research interests

  • Decision-making under uncertainty;
  • Questions of equity/social justice within and between generations;
  • The links between economic growth and the environment;
  • International environmental agreements.

Media articles

2012

Why do we see unilateral action on climate change?
|Simon Dietz, Carmen Marchiori and Alessandro Tavoni, Vox, 5 December  

Why do economists describe climate change as a 'market failure'?
|Alex Bowen, Simon Dietz and Naomi Hicks, The Guardian, 21 May

Why does climate change get described as a 'stock-flow' problem?
|Naomi Hicks and Simon Dietz, The Guardian, 20 February

2010

Still wary of Bjørn Lomborg's pronouncements on climate change|
Dr Alex Bowen, Dr Simon Dietz, Dimitri Zenghelis and Bob Ward,  The Guardian (letter), 2 September 2010

Ambiguity is another reason to mitigate climate change
|Simon Dietz, Geoffrey Heal and Antony Millner,  VoxEU, 1 September 2010

Policy articles

Fankhauser, S., Dietz, S., Gradwell, P. February 2014. Non-economic losses in the context of the UNFCCC work programme on loss and damage. Policy paper, Grantham Research Institute, London, UK. Download PDF of paper| (PDF, 2423KB)

Ranger, N., Millner, A., Dietz, S., Fankhauser, S., Lopez, A., and Ruta, G. September 2010. Adaptation in the UK: a decision-making process. Policy brief, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK. Download PDF of brief|  

Research articles

2013

Dietz, S. and Matei, A.N. October 2013. Spaces for agreement: a theory of Time-Stochastic Dominance. Working Paper, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK. Download PDF of paper| (PDF, 606KB)

Dietz, S. and Matei, A.N. October 2013. Is there space for agreement on climate change? A non-parametric approach to policy evaluation. Working Paper, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK. Download PDF of paper| (PDF, 1718KB)

Calel, R. Stainforth, D.A., Dietz, S. September 2013. Tall tales and fat tails: the science and economics of extreme warming. Climatic Change. External link to full article|

Dietz, S., and Hepburn, C. Benefit–cost analysis of non-marginal climate and energy projects.

  • Published article: November 2013. Energy Economics, v.40, pp.61-71. External link to full article
  • Unpublished article: On non-marginal cost-benefit analysis. March 2010. Working paper, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK. Download PDF of paper (PDF, 1.37MB)

Millner, A., Dietz, S., and Heal, G. Scientific ambiguity and climate policy.

  • Published article: May 2013. Environmental and Resource Economics, v.55, pp.21-46. External link to full article
  • Unpublished article: Ambiguity and climate policy. August 2010. Working paper, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK. Download PDF of paper (PDF, 1.18MB)

Helgeson, J.F., Dietz, S., and Hochrainer-Stigler, S. 2013. Vulnerability to weather disasters: the choice of coping strategies in rural Uganda. Ecology and Society, v.18. External link to full article| 

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2012

 

Walker, O., and Dietz, S. November 2012. Ambiguity and insurance: robust capital requirements and premiums. Working Paper, Grantham Research Institute, London, UK. Download PDF of paper|

 

Helgeson, J., Dietz, S., and Hochrainer-Stigler, S. Vulnerability to weather disasters: the choice of coping strategies in rural Uganda. Working Paper, Grantham Research Institute, London, UK. Download PDF of paper|

 

Dietz, Marchiori and Tavoni. August 2012. Domestic politics and the formation of international environmental agreements. Working Paper, Grantham Research Institute, London, UK. Download PDF of paper|

 

Dietz, S. The treatment of risk and uncertainty in the US Social Cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis.

 

  • Published article: May 2012. Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Vol. 6, 2012-18. External link to full article
  • Unpublished article: July 2011. Working Paper, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK. Download PDF of paper 

 

Dietz, S., and Asheim, G.B. Climate policy under sustainable discounted utilitarianism.

  • Published article: May 2012. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, v.63, pp.321-335. External link to full article
  • Unpublished article: March 2011. Working Paper, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK. Download PDF of paper

2011

 

Dietz, S. High impact, low probability? An empirical analysis of risk in the economics of climate change.

  • Published article: December 2011. Climatic Change, v.103, pp.519-541. Download PDF of paper (385KB)
  • Unpublished article: September 2009. Working paper, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK. Download PDF of paper

Millner, A., and Dietz, S. September 2011. Adaptation to climate change and economic growth in developing countries. Working Paper, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK. Download PDF of paper|

 

Walker, O., and Dietz, S. September 2011. A representation result for choice under conscious unawareness. Working Paper, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK. Download PDF of paper|

 

Dietz, S. From efficiency to justice: utility as the informational basis of climate change strategies, and some alternatives.

  • Published article: August 2011. The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society (John Dryzek, Richard B. Norgaard and David Schlosberg [eds.]. Oxford University Press, Oxford. External link to book details 
  • Unpublished article: December 2009. Working paper, Grantham Research Institute, London, UK. Download PDF of paper

Dietz, S., and Morton, A. Strategic appraisal of environmental risks: a contrast between the UK's Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change and its Committee on Radioactive Waste Management.

 

2010

 

Dietz, S., and Fankhauser, S. Environmental prices, uncertainty and learning.

 

Dietz, S., and Atkinson, G. August 2010. The equity-efficiency trade-off in environmental policy: evidence from stated preferences. Land Economics, v.86, p. 423-443. External link to full article| 

 

2009

 

Dietz, S., and Stern, N. Winter 2009. On the timing of greenhouse gas emissions reductions: a final rejoinder to the symposium on 'The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review and its Critics'. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, v.26. External link to full article| (PDF)

 

Dietz, S., and Maddison, D.J. July 2009. New frontiers in the economics of climate change. Environmental and Resource Economics, v.43. External link to full article|

 

Atkinson, G., Dietz, S., Helgeson, J., Hepburn, C. and Sælen H. June 2009. Siblings, not triplets: social preferences for risk, inequality and time in discounting climate change. Economics: the open-access, open-assessment e-journal, v.3. External link to full article|

 

Dietz, S., and Neumayer, E. January 2009. Economics and the governance of sustainable development. Governing Sustainability: essays in honour of Tim O'Riordan [W. Neil Adger and Andrew Jordan (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Download PDF of book chapter|

 

Dietz, S., Hepburn, C., and Stern, N. 2009. Economics, ethics and climate change. Arguments for a Better World: essays in honour of Amartya Sen (Volume 2: society, institutions and development) [Kaushik Basu and Ravi Kanbur (eds.)]. Oxford University Press, Oxford. Download PDF of book chapter|

 

2008

 

Dietz, S., and Stern, N. April 2008. Why economic analysis supports strong action on climate change: a response to the Stern Review's critics. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, v.2, p. 94-113. External link to full article|   

 

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