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Rolling Dice For The Future Of The Planet


  • Duane Chapman
  • Vivek Suri
  • Steven G. Hall


In an influential paper published in Science, Nordhaus employs an integrated climate-economy model to study climate change. He finds that optimizing climate change policy requires low levels of controls on emissions of greenhouse gases. This paper follows his pioneering methodology but challenges his conclusions. Nordhaus's results depend crucially on certain parameters such as the discount rate and the autonomous decline in energy intensity of production. However, choosing a set of different though equally plausible values for these parameters causes the control rate to rise substantially. This translates into a greater level of action for slowing climate change. Copyright 1995 Western Economic Association International.

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  • Duane Chapman & Vivek Suri & Steven G. Hall, 1995. "Rolling Dice For The Future Of The Planet," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 13(3), pages 1-9, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:coecpo:v:13:y:1995:i:3:p:1-9

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    1. Nordhaus, William D., 1993. "Rolling the 'DICE': an optimal transition path for controlling greenhouse gases," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 15(1), pages 27-50, March.
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    1. Roughgarden, Tim & Schneider, Stephen H., 1999. "Climate change policy: quantifying uncertainties for damages and optimal carbon taxes," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 27(7), pages 415-429, July.
    2. Khanna, Neha & Chapman, Duane, 1997. "Climate Policy And Petroleum Depletion," Working Papers 127811, Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management.
    3. Neumayer, Eric, 1999. "Global warming: discounting is not the issue, but substitutability is," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 27(1), pages 33-43, January.
    4. Hall, Darwin C., 1998. "Albedo and vegetation demand-side management options for warm climates," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 24(1), pages 31-45, January.

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