Reforming the IPCC's Assessment of Climate Change Economics

23 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2016

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Gabriel Chan

University of Minnesota - Minneapolis - Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Carlo Carraro

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM); Ca' Foscari University of Venice; CMCC - Euro Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (Climate Policy Division); IPCC; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels; Green Growth Knowledge Platform; International Center for Climate Governance

Ottmar Edenhofer

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK); Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC); Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)

Charles D. Kolstad

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) - Department of Economics

Robert N. Stavins

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); Resources for the Future; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: March 7, 2016

Abstract

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is broadly viewed as the world’s most legitimate scientific assessment body that periodically assesses the economics of climate change (among many other topics) for policy audiences. However, growing procedural inefficiencies and limitations to substantive coverage have made the IPCC an increasingly unattractive forum for the most qualified climate economists. Drawing on our observations and personal experience working on the most recent IPCC report, published last year, we propose four reforms to the IPCC’s process that we believe will lower the cost for volunteering as an IPCC author: improving interactions between governments and academics, making IPCC operations more efficient, clarifying and strengthening conflict of interest rules, and expanding outreach. We also propose three reforms to the IPCC’s substantive coverage to clarify the IPCC’s role and to make participation as an author more intellectually rewarding: complementing the IPCC with other initiatives, improving the integration of economics with other disciplines, and providing complete data for policymakers to make decisions. Despite the distinct characteristics of the IPCC that create challenges for authors unlike those in any other review body, we continue to believe in the importance of the IPCC for providing the most visible line of public communication between the scholarly community and policymakers.

Keywords: Scientific Assessment, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Scientific Communication

JEL Classification: Q5, Q58

Suggested Citation

Chan, Gabriel and Carraro, Carlo and Edenhofer, Ottmar and Kolstad, Charles D. and Stavins, Robert N., Reforming the IPCC's Assessment of Climate Change Economics (March 7, 2016). FEEM Working Paper No. 012.2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2743107 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2743107

Gabriel Chan

University of Minnesota - Minneapolis - Humphrey School of Public Affairs ( email )

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Carlo Carraro (Contact Author)

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) ( email )

Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore 8
Venezia, 30124
Italy
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Ca' Foscari University of Venice ( email )

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CMCC - Euro Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (Climate Policy Division) ( email )

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Italy
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IPCC ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Munich, DE-81679
Germany

Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels

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Belgium
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Green Growth Knowledge Platform ( email )

International Environment House
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Geneva, 1219
Switzerland

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International Center for Climate Governance ( email )

Island of San Giorgio Maggiore 8
Venice, I-30124
Italy

HOME PAGE: http://www.iccgov.org/

Ottmar Edenhofer

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) ( email )

P.O. Box 601203
14412 Potsdam, Brandenburg
Germany

Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)

Torgauer Straße 12-15
Berlin, 10829
Germany

Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)

Straße des 17
Juni 135
Berlin, 10623
Germany

Charles D. Kolstad

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) - Department of Economics ( email )

2127 North Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
United States

Robert N. Stavins

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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Resources for the Future

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United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

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United States

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