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The US government's social cost of carbon estimates after their first year: Pathways for improvement

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  • Kopp, Robert E.
  • Mignone, Bryan K.

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In 2010, the U.S. government adopted its first consistent estimates of the social cost of carbon (SCC) for government-wide use in regulatory cost-benefit analysis. Here, we examine a number of the limitations of the estimates identified in the U.S. government report and elsewhere and review recent advances that could pave the way for improvements. We consider in turn socioeconomic scenarios, treatment of physical climate response, damage estimates, ways of incorporating risk aversion, and consistency between SCC estimates and broader climate policy.

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  • Kopp, Robert E. & Mignone, Bryan K., 2011. "The US government's social cost of carbon estimates after their first year: Pathways for improvement," Economics Discussion Papers 2011-16, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
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    Keywords

    Climate change; social cost of carbon;

    JEL classification:

    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy

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