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The Economic Climate

The Economic Climate

Establishing Expert Consensus on the Economics of Climate Change

By Peter Howard and Derek Sylvan
November 30, 2015

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Filed under Climate Change and Energy Policy, Academic Articles/Working Papers

This working paper offers detailed analysis of our survey of economic experts on climate change issues. We surveyed all those who published an article on climate change in a highly ranked economics journal over the past 20 years. The survey focused on estimated climate impacts and appropriate policy responses, and the results reveal several areas where expert consensus exists on these issues.

Our findings have some important policy implications. Additionally, we use the climate damage estimates from this expert group to calculate new climate damage curves and estimate the social cost of carbon based on the assumptions they provide.