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Adapting to Climate Change: Costs, Benefits, and Modelling Approaches

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  • Agrawala, Shardul
  • Bosello, Francesco
  • Carraro, Carlo
  • de Cian, Enrica
  • Lanzi, Elisa

This paper provides a summary and a critical survey of the methodologies and results of the literature on the economics of adaptation. We divide the literature into two broad areas of research. First, we examine the studies that analyse adaptation from a bottom-up perspective. Second, we introduce the studies that examine adaptation using a top-down approach. The first group of studies investigates cost and benefits of adaptation at the sectoral, regional and global level. The second group includes theoretical literature on the relationship between mitigation and adaptation as well as emerging insights from some global Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs), which have recently been extended to include adaptation as an alternative and complementary policy option to mitigation.

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Article provided by now publishers in its journal International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 5 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
Pages: 245-284

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Handle: RePEc:now:jirere:101.00000043
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