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Policy tradeoffs under risk of abrupt climate change

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  • Tsur, Yacov
  • Zemel, Amos

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By now it is widely recognized that the more serious threats of climate change are associated with abrupt events capable of inicting losses on a catastrophic scale. Consequently, the main role of climate policies is to balance between mitigation eorts, aimed at delaying (or even preventing) the occurrence of such events, and adaptation actions, aimed at minimizing the damage inicted upon occurrence. The former affects the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere; the latter determines the impact of loss once the event occurs. This work examines the tradeos associated with these two types of policy measures by characterizing the optimal mitigation-adaptation mix in the long run.

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  • Tsur, Yacov & Zemel, Amos, 2015. "Policy tradeoffs under risk of abrupt climate change," Discussion Papers 290042, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Agricultural Economics and Management.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:huaedp:290042
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.290042
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    1. Can Askan Mavi, 2017. "Creative Destruction vs Destructive Destruction ? : A Schumpeterian Approach for Adaptation and Mitigation," Working Papers halshs-01455297, HAL.
    2. Mavi, Can Askan, 2019. "What can catastrophic events tell us about sustainability?," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 83(C), pages 70-83.
    3. Can Askan Mavi, 2019. "Can harmful events be another source of environmental traps?," CEE-M Working Papers halshs-02141789, CEE-M, Universtiy of Montpellier, CNRS, INRA, Montpellier SupAgro.
    4. Can Askan Mavi, 2019. "Can harmful events be another source of environmental traps?," Working Papers halshs-02141789, HAL.
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    Keywords

    Agricultural and Food Policy; Environmental Economics and Policy;

    JEL classification:

    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming

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