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The effect of development on the climate sensitivity of agriculture

Robert Mendelsohn (), Ariel Dinar () and Apurva Sanghi

Environment and Development Economics, 2001, vol. 6, issue 1, 85-101

Abstract: This paper examines whether a country's stage of development affects its climate sensitivity. The paper begins with a model of agriculture that shows that the effect of development on climate sensitivity is ambiguous, depending on the substitution between capital and climate. To resolve this issue, the climate sensitivity of agriculture in the United States, Brazil, and India is measured using a Ricardian approach. Relying on both intertemporal as well as cross-country comparisons, the empirical analysis suggests that increasing development reduces climate sensitivity.

Date: 2001
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