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Global Climate Change and the Resurgence of Tropical Disease: An Economic Approach

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We study the impact of global climate change on the prevalence of tropical diseases using a heterogeous agent dynamic general equilibrium model. In our framework, households can take actions (e.g., purchasing bednets or other goods) that provide partial protection from disease. However, these actions are costly and households face borrowing constraints. Parameterizing the model, we explore the impact of a worldwide temperature increase of 3 degrees Celsius. We find that the impact on disease prevalence and especially output should be modest and can be mitigated by improvements in protection efficacy.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Williams College in its series Department of Economics Working Papers with number 2010-04.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2010
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Publication status: Forthcoming in Mathematical Population Studies
Handle: RePEc:wil:wileco:2010-04

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  1. Michael Funke & Yu-Fu Chen & Aaron Mehrota, 2011. "Global warming and extreme events: Rethinking the timing and intensity of environment policy," Quantitative Macroeconomics Working Papers 21105, Hamburg University, Department of Economics.

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