Climate Change and Common Sense: Essays in Honour of Tom Schelling

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OUP Oxford, Jan 26, 2012 - Business & Economics - 279 pages
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There is widespread agreement that climate change is a serious problem. If we fail to regulate greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, or use alternative strategies for addressing the problem, the damages could be significant, and perhaps catastrophic. After several international meetings in which nation-states have tried unsuccessfully to address the climate change problem, there is a sense of frustration and urgency: frustration at the slow pace at which countries are moving toward an international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; urgency because of the growing evidence that climate change is a serious problem that should be addressed globally and quickly. This book takes a close look at the fundamental political and economic processes driving climate change policy. It identifies institutional arrangements and policies that are needed to design more effective climate change policy. It also examines ethical and distributional arguments that are critical in understanding and framing the climate debate. The book is built around a conference honouring Tom Schelling that took place at the Sustainable Consumption Institute at The University of Manchester. Each chapter represents a significant contribution to the literature on the political economy of climate change.

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1 Thinking Through the Climate Change Challenge
Getting Nations to Work Together
Ethical and Distributional Concerns
Approaches to Designing More Efficient Policies

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From 1999 to 2008, Professor Hahn served as the director of the AEI-Brookings Joint Center, a leader in policy research in law and economics, regulation, and antitrust. Previously, he worked for the US President's Council of Economic Advisers, where he helped design the market-based cap-and-trade system for limiting smokestack sulfur emissions at minimum cost to industry. He also served on the faculties of Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Hahn is a frequent contributor to leading scholarly journals including the American Economic Review, Science, and the Yale Law Journal, as well as to general-interest periodicals including the New York Times and He is also the co-founder of

Following employment at the Oxford Centre for Management Studies, Stirling University and Australian National University, Professor Ulph spent 25 years (1979-2004) at the University of Southampton, the last 20 of these as Professor of Economics, with spells as Visiting Professor at the University of British Columbia (1985), Australian National University (2002), and University of California Santa Barbara (2002). He was appointed Economic Assessor for the Hinkley Point C Public Inquiry (1989-90) and elected President of European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (2000-2001) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (2000-). Between April 2004 and 2010 he held the post of Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at The University of Manchester. He has published 6 books and over 100 refereed papers.

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