Analytic Integrated Assessment and Uncertainty

55 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2015

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Christian P. Traeger

University of Oslo - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute; University of Oslo - Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research; University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics

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Date Written: September 30, 2015

Abstract

This paper is a revised version of: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2643293.

A revised version of this paper can be found at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=3307622.

The paper derives the optimal carbon tax in closed-form from an integrated assessment of climate change. The formula shows how carbon, temperature, and economic dynamics quantify the optimal mitigation effort. The model's descriptive power is comparable to numeric models used in policy advising. Uncertainty surrounding climate change remains large, and the paper derives closed-form expressions of welfare loss from shocks and epistemological uncertainty. These expressions interact (intrinsic) risk attitude, distributional moments, and the climatic shadow values, and they exhibit different sensitivities to time preference. Welfare gains from reducing uncertainty about temperature feedbacks are much higher than the gains from better measurements of carbon flows.

Keywords: climate change, integrated assessment, uncertainty, learning, risk aversion, recursive utility

JEL Classification: Q54, H43, E13, D81, D90, D61

Suggested Citation

Traeger, Christian P., Analytic Integrated Assessment and Uncertainty (September 30, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2667972 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2667972

Christian P. Traeger (Contact Author)

University of Oslo - Department of Economics ( email )

Norway

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, 81679
Germany

University of Oslo - Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research ( email )

Gaustadalleen 21
N-0317 Oslo
Norway

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics ( email )

Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

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