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Declining Discount Rates: Evidence from the UK

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  • Ekaterini Panopoulou

    (Department of Banking and Financial Management, University of Piraeus and Department of Economics, Maynooth)

  • B. Groom

    (Department of Economics, University College London, UK.)

  • P. Koundouri

    (Department of Economics, University of Reading, UK and Department of Economics, UCL, UK)

  • Theologos Pantelidis

    (Department of Banking and Financial Management, University of Piraeus, Greece.)

Abstract

We estimate schedules of declining discount rates for cost benefit analysis in the UK. We highlight the importance of model selection for this task and hence for the evaluation of long-term investments, namely climate change prevention and nuclear build.

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  • Ekaterini Panopoulou & B. Groom & P. Koundouri & Theologos Pantelidis, 2005. "Declining Discount Rates: Evidence from the UK," Economics Department Working Paper Series n1470105, Department of Economics, National University of Ireland - Maynooth.
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    Keywords

    long-run discounting; state-space models; regime-switching models; climate change policy; nuclear build;
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    JEL classification:

    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation

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