Equity and Justice in Global Warming Policy

64 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2008

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Snorre Kverndokk

Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research

Adam Rose

University of Southern California - Sol Price School of Public Policy

Date Written: September 24, 2008

Abstract

Many countries are implementing or at least considering policies to counter increasingly certain negative impacts from climate change. An increasing amount of research has been devoted to the analysis of the costs of climate change and its mitigation, as well as to the design of policies, such as the international Kyoto Protocol, post-Kyoto negotiations, regional initiatives, and unilateral actions. Although most studies on climate change policies in economics have considered efficiency aspects, there is a growing literature on equity and justice. Climate change policy has important dimensions of distributive justice, both within and across generations, but in this paper we survey only studies on the intragenerational aspect, i.e., within a generation. We cover several domains including the international, regional, national, sectoral and inter-personal, and examine aspects such as the distribution of burdens from climate change, climate change policy negotiations in general, implementation of climate agreements using tradable emission permits, and the uncertainty of alternatives to emission reductions.

Keywords: Economics of Climate Change, Intragenerational Equity, Distributive Justice

JEL Classification: D62, D63, H23, H41, Q00

Suggested Citation

Kverndokk, Snorre and Rose, Adam, Equity and Justice in Global Warming Policy (September 24, 2008). FEEM Working Paper No. 80.2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1273003 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1273003

Snorre Kverndokk (Contact Author)

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Adam Rose

University of Southern California - Sol Price School of Public Policy ( email )

Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
United States

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