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Economics and Global Climate Change


A reading to learn about the economic analysis of climate change, and various economic policies for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Students will read about and discuss topics on the economics of global climate change. These topics include trends and projections for global climate, cost-benefit studies of global climate change, economic policies and policy tools for addressing climate change (adaptation and mitigation), and analysis of current climate change policies.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What are the challenges in performing a cost-benefit analysis of global climate change?
  2. Discuss “carbon tax” as an economic policy for climate change mitigation.
About Tool
Tool NameThe Economics of Global Climate Change
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview, Economics, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Economic Policies, Carbon Tax 
Climate TopicClimate Economics, Climate Mitigation and Adaptation
Type of toolReading 
Grade LevelUndergraduate
Translation French 
Developed byJonathan M. Harris, Brian Roach and Anne-Marie Codur 
Hosted atGlobal Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University
Computer SkillsIntermediate


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