Will Climate Change Cause Enormous Social Costs for Poor Asian Cities?

Asian Development Review 34:2

20 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2017

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Matthew E. Kahn

University of Southern California; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: August 23, 2017


Climate change could significantly reduce the quality of life for poor people in Asia. Extreme heat and drought, and the increased incidence of natural disasters will pose new challenges for the urban poor and rural farmers. If farming profits decline, urbanization rates will accelerate and the social costs of rapid urbanization could increase due to rising infectious disease rates, pollution, and congestion. This paper studies strategies for reducing the increased social costs imposed on cities by climate change.

Keywords: adaptation, Asia, cities, climate change, natural disasters

JEL Classification: Q54, R11

Suggested Citation

Kahn, Matthew E., Will Climate Change Cause Enormous Social Costs for Poor Asian Cities? (August 23, 2017). Asian Development Review 34:2. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3025050

Matthew E. Kahn (Contact Author)

University of Southern California ( email )

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