Discounting the Future

5 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2009

Date Written: Spring 2009


This paper examines whether future generations would be made worse off if present generations do not control global warming. It compares present and future welfare per capita, controlling for the costs of climate change, using estimates from the recently released Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change. The paper finds that, through 2200 at least, future generations will be much better off than present ones even if climate change is not controlled.

Keywords: climate change, stern review, economics of climate change, IPCC

JEL Classification: D6, I1, H, K32, Q2, Q3, Q4

Suggested Citation

Goklany, Indur M., Discounting the Future (Spring 2009). Regulation, Vol. 32, No. 1, pp. 36-40, Spring 2009 , Available at SSRN:

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