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Mitigation versus compensation in global warming policy

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  • Ross McKitrick

    () (University of Guelph)

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Policy discussions on global warming are focused on mitigation and adaptation. Here the role of ex post compensation as a substitute for ex ante mitigation is considered. In a simple 2-period model the salient features of the global warming problem suggest mitigation is difficult to motivate. A key problem is that damages are very hard to identify even after the fact. The roles of endogenous private savings and a compensation fund as an alternative to ex ante mitigation are explored.

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  • Ross McKitrick, 2001. "Mitigation versus compensation in global warming policy," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 17(2), pages 1-6.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-01q20002
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    1. Mendelsohn, Robert & Nordhaus, William D & Shaw, Daigee, 1994. "The Impact of Global Warming on Agriculture: A Ricardian Analysis," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 84(4), pages 753-771, September.
    2. Stephen P. A. Brown, 1998. "Global warming policy: some economic implications," Economic and Financial Policy Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, issue Q IV, pages 26-35.
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    Climate change;

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    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods

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