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The Economics of Adaptation to Extreme Weather Events in Developing Countries

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  • Brian Blankespoor
  • Susmita Dasgupta
  • Benoit Laplante
  • David Wheeler

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Without international assistance, developing countries will adapt to climate change as best they can. Part of the cost will be absorbed by households and part by the public sector. Adaptation costs will themselves be affected by socioeconomic development, which will also be affected by climate change. Without a better understanding of these interactions, it will be difficult for climate negotiators and donor institutions to determine the appropriate levels and modes of adaptation assistance. This paper contributes by assessing the economics of adaptation to extreme weather events. We address several questions that are relevant for the international discussion: How will climate change alter the incidence of these events, and how will their impact be distributed geographically? How will future socioeconomic development, notably an increased focus on education and empowerment for women and girls, affect the vulnerability of affected communities? And, of primary interest to negotiators and donors, how much would it cost to neutralize the threat of additional losses in this context?

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Paper provided by Center for Global Development in its series Working Papers with number 199.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2010
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Handle: RePEc:cgd:wpaper:199

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Keywords: women; girls; extreme weather; education; economic development; climate change;

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  1. Fankhauser, Sam & Soare, Raluca, 2012. "Strategic adaptation to climate change in Europe," EIB Working Papers 2012/01, European Investment Bank (EIB).
  2. Alex Bowen & Sarah Cochrane & Samuel Fankhauser, 2012. "Climate change, adaptation and economic growth," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 113(2), pages 95-106, July.
  3. Baez, Javier E. & Kronick, Dorothy & Mason, Andrew D., 2013. "Rural households in a changing climate," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6326, The World Bank.
  4. David Wheeler & Dan Hammer, 2010. "The Economics of Population Policy for Carbon Emissions Reduction in Developing Countries," Working Papers id:3231, eSocialSciences.
  5. Aryeetey, Ernest & Devarajan, Shantayanan & Kanbur, Ravi & Kasekende, Louis, 2011. "The Economics Of Africa," Working Papers 126537, Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management.
  6. Kousky, Carolyn, 2012. "Informing Climate Adaptation: A Review of the Economic Costs of Natural Disasters, Their Determinants, and Risk Reduction Options," Discussion Papers dp-12-28, Resources For the Future.

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