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Costs of climate change: The effects of rising temperatures on health and productivity

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  • Hübler, Michael
  • Klepper, Gernot
  • Peterson, Sonja

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The aim of the study is to quantify climate induced health risks for Germany. Based on high resolution climate scenarios for the period 2071 to 2100 we forecast the number of days with heat load and cold stress. The heat frequency and intensity increases overall but more in the south. Referring to empirical studies on heat induced health effects we estimate an average increase in the number of heat induced casualties by a factor of more than 3. Heat related hospitalization costs increase 6-fold not including the cost of ambulant treatment. Heat also reduces the work performance resulting in an estimated output loss of between 0.12 % and 0.48 % of GDP.

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  • Hübler, Michael & Klepper, Gernot & Peterson, Sonja, 2007. "Costs of climate change: The effects of rising temperatures on health and productivity," Kiel Working Papers 1321, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:ifwkwp:1321
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    1. Medel, Carlos A., 2011. "The Effects of Global Warming on Fisheries," MPRA Paper 28373, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    Health effects; Heat waves; Mortality; Hospitalization costs; Labor productivity; Costs of climate change;

    JEL classification:

    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming
    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects

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