The Economics of Adaptation to Extreme Weather Events in Developing Countries

35 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2010

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Brian Blankespoor

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Susmita Dasgupta

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Benoit Laplante

Independent Consultant

David Wheeler

Center for Global Development

Date Written: January 11, 2010

Abstract

Without international assistance, developing countries will adapt to climate change as best they can. Part of the cost will be absorbed by households and part by the public sector. Adaptation costs will themselves be affected by socioeconomic development, which will also be affected by climate change. Without a better understanding of these interactions, it will be difficult for climate negotiators and donor institutions to determine the appropriate levels and modes of adaptation assistance. This paper contributes by assessing the economics of adaptation to extreme weather events. We address several questions that are relevant for the international discussion: How will climate change alter the incidence of these events, and how will their impact be distributed geographically? How will future socioeconomic development, notably an increased focus on education and empowerment for women and girls, affect the vulnerability of affected communities? And, of primary interest to negotiators and donors, how much would it cost to neutralize the threat of additional losses in this context?

Keywords: Women, Girls, Extreme Weather, Education, Economic Development, Climate Change

Suggested Citation

Blankespoor, Brian and Dasgupta, Susmita and Laplante, Benoit and Wheeler, David, The Economics of Adaptation to Extreme Weather Events in Developing Countries (January 11, 2010). Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 199. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1542720 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1542720

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Susmita Dasgupta

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Benoit Laplante

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David Wheeler

Center for Global Development ( email )

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