Revisiting Fat-Tailed Uncertainty in the Economics of Climate Change

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Revisiting Fat-Tailed Uncertainty in the Economics of Climate Change

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Title: Revisiting Fat-Tailed Uncertainty in the Economics of Climate Change
Author: Weitzman, Martin L.
Citation: Weitzman, Marin L. 2011. Revisiting Fat-tailed uncertainty in the economics of climate change. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 5(2): 275-292.
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Abstract: In this article, I revisit some basic issues concerning structural uncertainty and catastrophic climate change. My target audience here are general economists, so this article could also be viewed as a somewhat less technical exposition that supplements my previous work. Using empirical examples, I argue that it is implausible that low-probability, high-negative impact events would not much influence an economic analysis of climate change. I then try to integrate the empirical examples and the theory together into a unified package with a unified message that the possibility of catastrophic climate change needs to be taken seriously.
Published Version: doi:10.1093/reep/rer006
Other Sources: http://www.economics.harvard.edu/files/faculty/61_REEP%20final%20fat.pdf
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Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:11130443
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