Monday, January 29, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
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Cabot 702, The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Ave., Medford

Tufts University CIERP Research Seminar

"Who Pays to Save the Planet? A Sectoral Political Economy of Climate Change Mitigation" with Alexander Gard-Murray, a doctoral candidate in Politics at the University of Oxford, and a research affiliate with the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Tufts University's Fletcher School. 

What makes some countries pursue climate change mitigation more aggressively than others? To answer this question, we need to pay attention to the potential distributive impacts of mitigation policy. Though mitigation has long-term benefits globally, at the national level mitigation can impose near-term costs, which are often distributed unevenly across different social groups and economic sectors.

To capture this variation, I introduce a sectorally disaggregated model of comparative climate policymaking. Using econometric estimates of carbon regulation from 1995 to 2007, I show that a sectoral approach helps us understand how policymakers allocate the costs of mitigation across firms, investors, workers, and consumers, and how distributional issues constrain the prospects for stronger policy.  

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