Reading: 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 the Tool

Tool Name The Economics of Global Climate Change
Discipline Economics
Topic(s) in Discipline Climate Change and Economics, Climate Change Economic, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Economic Policies, Climate Adaptation and Mitigation, Carbon Tax
Climate Topic Climate Change and Economics, Energy, Economics and Climate Change; Climate Mitigation and Adaptation
Type of Tool Reading
Grade Level Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation French
Developed by Jonathan M. Harris, Brian Roach and Anne-Marie Codur
Hosted at Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University
Link English version, French version 
Access Online/Offline
Computer Skills Intermediate