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Economists and Climate Change

Economists and Climate Change

Consensus and Open Questions

By J. Scott Holladay, Jonathan Horne, and Jason A Schwartz
November 4, 2009

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Filed under Climate Change and Energy Policy, Policy Briefs

Economists and Climate Change: Consensus and Open Questions describes and analyzes the results of a survey sent to 289 economic experts on climate change. The pool was selected from authors of research published in one of the top twenty-five economic journals. Over 84% of the respondents to the poll said that the effects of global warming will create significant risks to important sectors of the United States and global economies. There was near unanimity—98%—that a price on carbon will increase incentives for efficiency and innovation.