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People versus planners: Social Preferences for Adaptation to Climate Change

  • Leo Dobes


    (Crawford School of Public Policy, College of Asia and Pacific, Australian National University)

Increasing attention is being given to adaptation of natural and human systems to climate change. The academic literature covers a wide spectrum of perspectives. Policy considerations, on the other hand, are driven largely by techno-scientific considerations, including in particular a risk-management approach. However, the inherent uncertainties of climate change mean that conventional risk-management approaches are inappropriate because the risks cannot be quantified. Economic theory, in the form of ‘real options’, offers a conceptual alternative for specifying least-cost adaptation strategies. But little, if any, work has been undertaken to identify individuals’ preferences and priorities, a necessary precondition to estimating the benefits of adaptation measures. It is therefore proposed to identify and compare the priorities and preferences of planners, communities and individuals as a first step towards estimating individuals’ willingness to pay for adaptation measures.

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Paper provided by Environmental Economics Research Hub, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University in its series Environmental Economics Research Hub Research Reports with number 0941.

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Date of creation: Dec 2009
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Handle: RePEc:een:eenhrr:0941
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