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Improving Climate-Change Modeling of U.S. Migration

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  • Partridge, Mark
  • Feng, Bo
  • Rembert, Mark

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Manmade climate change (CC) has catastrophic consequences. The United States has already experienced wholesale population realignment due to climate as households have relocated to the Sunbelt and West. The irony is that people are moving towards the heat and major storms associated with CC. As CC intensifies, with high rates of internal U.S. factor mobility, firms and households will likely again relocate to areas with higher utility and profits, reducing CC costs. Yet current research typically focuses on CC costs in a given location without considering this realignment. We propose several avenues to overcome such shortcomings in U.S. CC modelling.

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  • Partridge, Mark & Feng, Bo & Rembert, Mark, 2017. "Improving Climate-Change Modeling of U.S. Migration," MPRA Paper 76419, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:76419
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    Keywords

    Climate change; migration; prediction; spatial equilibrium;

    JEL classification:

    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming
    • R0 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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