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The Economic Impact of Weather and Climate

Richard Tol ()

No 309917, FEEM Working Papers from Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)

Abstract: I propose a new conceptual framework to disentangle the impacts of weather and climate on economic activity and growth: A stochastic frontier model with climate in the production frontier and weather shocks as a source of inefficiency. I test it on a sample of 160 countries over the period 1950-2014. Temperature and rainfall determine production possibilities in both rich and poor countries; positively in cold countries and negatively in hot ones. Weather anomalies reduce inefficiency in rich countries but increase inefficiency in poor and hot countries; and more so in countries with low weather variability. The climate effect is larger that the weather effect.

Keywords: Environmental; Economics; and; Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 41
Date: 2021-03-16
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.309917

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