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ROLLING THE DICE IN THE CORRIDORS OF POWER: WILLIAM NORDHAUS’S IMPACTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY

Joseph E. Aldy and Robert Stavins
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Joseph E. Aldy: Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA†Resources for the Future, Washington, DC 20036, USA‡National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA§Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC 20036, USA

Climate Change Economics (CCE), 2020, vol. 11, issue 04, 1-18

Abstract: The seminal contributions of William Nordhaus to scholarship on the long-run macroeconomics of global climate change are clear. Much more challenging to identify are the impacts of Nordhaus and his research on public policy in this domain. We examine three conceptually distinct pathways for that influence: his personal participation in the policy world; his research’s direct contribution to the formulation and evaluation of public policy; and his research’s indirect role informing public policy. Many of the themes that emerge in this assessment of the contributions of one of the most important economists to have worked in the domain of climate change analysis apply more broadly to the roles played by other leading economists in this and other policy domains.

Keywords: Climate change policy; environmental economics; social cost of carbon; carbon tax; climate club; national income accounts (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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