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Calcul économique et développement durable


  • Roger Guesnerie


The paper considers a model with two goods: a private good and an "environmental" good. The analysis has two basic ingredients : the two goods are imperfectly substitutable and the long run characteristics of substitution are uncertain. An ecological discount rate is defined. It is argued that a plausible long run value for this discount rate is close to zero, at least if the preoccupations of intergenerational equity are strong enough.

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  • Roger Guesnerie, 2004. "Calcul économique et développement durable," DELTA Working Papers 2004-02, DELTA (Ecole normale supérieure).
  • Handle: RePEc:del:abcdef:2004-02

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