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Recursive Intergenerational Utility in Global Climate Risk Modeling

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  • Minh Ha-Duong
  • Nicolas Treich

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This paper distinguishes relative risk aversion and resistance to intertemporal substitution in climate risk modeling. Stochastic recursive preferences are introduced in a stylized numeric climate-economy model using preliminary IPCC 1998 scenarios. It shows that higher risk aversion increases the optimal carbon tax. Higher resistance to intertemporal substitution alone has the same effect as increasing the discount rate, provided that the risk is not too large. We discuss implications of these findings for the debate upon discounting and sustainability under uncertainty. Ce texte étudie la différence entre l'aversion relative au risque et la résistance à la substitution intertemporelle dans la modélisation du risque climatique. Les préférences récursives stochastiques sont utilisées dans un modèle numérique stylisé utilisant les scénarios préliminaires GIEC 1998 sur l'économie et le climat. On montre qu'une aversion au risque plus forte conduit à augmenter le niveau optimal de taxation de l'énergie. Augmenter la résistance à la substitution intertemporelle a le même effet qu'augmenter le taux d'actualisation, tant que le risque n'est pas trop grand. Nous discutons les implications de ces résultats pour le débat sur l'actualisation et la durabilité sous incertitude.

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  • Minh Ha-Duong & Nicolas Treich, 1999. "Recursive Intergenerational Utility in Global Climate Risk Modeling," CIRANO Working Papers 99s-40, CIRANO.
  • Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:99s-40
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    1. Minh Ha-Duong & Nicolas Treich, 2004. "Risk Aversion, Intergenerational Equity and Climate Change," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 28(2), pages 195-207, June.
    2. Howitt, Richard E. & Reynaud, Arnaud & Msangi, Siwa & Knapp, Keith C., 2002. "Calibrated Stochastic Dynamic Models for Resource Management," 2002 Annual meeting, July 28-31, Long Beach, CA 19620, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

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    Keywords

    Recursive utility; risk; discounting; sustainability; climate; Utilité récursive; risque; actualisation; durabilité; climat;

    JEL classification:

    • Q20 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - General
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • D90 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - General
    • H43 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Project Evaluation; Social Discount Rate

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