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Climate Policies with Burden Sharing: The Economics of Climate Financing

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Title:Climate Policies with Burden Sharing: The Economics of Climate Financing
Authors:Puaschunder, Julia M.
Keywords:Climate bonds
Climate change
Climate change adaptation and mitigation
Climate justice
Intergenerational burden sharing
show 4 moreIntertemporal discounting
Nonlinear model predictive control
Social discounting alternatives
Public policy
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Date Issued:01 Sep 2017
Abstract:The maintenance of a favorable climate accounts for the most challenging contemporary global governance predicament that seems to pit today’s generation against future world inhabitants. In a trade-off of economic growth versus sustainability, a broad-based international coalition could establish climate justice. As a novel angle towards climate justice, the following paper proposes (1) a well-balanced climate mitigation and adaptation public policy mix guided by micro- and macroeconomic analysis results, and (2) a new way of funding climate change mitigation and adaptation policies through carbon tax and broad-based climate bonds that also involve future generations. Contemporary climate financing strategies (e.g., Sachs Model) are thereby added into Integrated Assessment Models of the Nordhaus Type. Overall, the paper strives to delve deeper into a discussion of how market economies can be brought to a path consistent with prosperity and sustainability. Finding innovative ways how to finance climate abatement over time coupled with future risk prevention as well as adaptation to higher temperatures appears as an innovative and easily-implementable solution to nudge overlapping generations towards climate justice in the sustainability domain.
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