IGPP Seminar Series

The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

by Matthew E. Kahn
UCLA, Institute of the Environment, Department of Economics, and Department of Public Policy

Abstract

Free market capitalist growth exacerbates the challenge of climate change. Through encouraging free trade, capitalism raises per-capita income and richer people consume more fossil fuels. Given the fundamental international political challenge of signing a global carbon mitigation treaty, the risk of climate change continues to rise. This talk will touch on some key themes linking economic growth to greenhouse gas production and then turn around and examine how urbanites around the world are likely to be affected by climate change. A fundamental irony arises, free market capitalism will help us to adapt to climate change.
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
3853 Slichter Hall
Refreshments at 3:45 PM
Lecture at 4:00 PM