Social Discounting Under Uncertainty: A cross-country comparison
Cameron Hepburn (),
Phoebe Koundouri (),
Ekaterini Panopoulou () and
Theologos Pantelidis ()
The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series from IIIS
Recent research suggests that social cost-benefit analysis should be con- ducted with a declining discount rate. For instance, Newell and Pizer  show that the U.S. certainty-equivalent discount rate declines through time, using a simple autoregressive model of U.S. interest rates. This paper extends that line of research, estimating both autoregressive and regime-switching models of real interest rates to determine certainty- equivalent discount rates in Australia, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. It is found that the regime-switching model is a better model of past interest rate behavior for all four countries. This model tends to produce a more rapid decline in certainty-equivalent discount rates. The paper provides applications to the economics of climate change and nuclear power.
Keywords: discounting; uncertainty; regime-switching models; climate change policy; nuclear power (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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