Setting the Social Cost of Carbon

Forthcoming in ‘Climate Change Law’ (Edward Elgar 2017)(Daniel Farber & Marjan Peeters eds.)

Virginia Law and Economics Research Paper No. 4

14 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2016

Date Written: February 2016

Abstract

The ‘social cost of carbon’ is an economic concept that represents – in monetary net present value terms – the damages caused by the emission of a ton of carbon dioxide. Estimates of the social cost of carbon are currently used by governments to evaluate policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Economic analysis of the damages caused by climate change raises a number of important conceptual and technical challenges, and there have been sustained efforts in environmental economics to respond to these challenges. As the issue of climate change continues to dominate environmental policy making, the social cost of carbon is likely to play an increasingly important role in the field of environmental law.

Suggested Citation

Livermore, Michael A., Setting the Social Cost of Carbon (February 2016). Forthcoming in ‘Climate Change Law’ (Edward Elgar 2017)(Daniel Farber & Marjan Peeters eds.), Virginia Law and Economics Research Paper No. 4, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2737996

Michael A. Livermore (Contact Author)

University of Virginia School of Law ( email )

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