Author(s): Baer, P.; Athanasiou, T.; Karta, S.
In: Baer, P., T. Athanasiou and S. Karta (2009). The Right to Development in a Climate-Constrained World. In: Harris, J.M. and N.R. Goodwin (eds.) Twenty-First Century Macroeconomics: Responding to the Climate Challenge. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. ISBN 978184720848.
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The Right to Development in a Climate-Constrained World
Policies including carbon trading, revenue recycling, and reorientation of private and social investment are analyzed, providing insight into new paths for economic development with flat or negative carbon emissions. These issues will be crucial to macroeconomic and development policies in the twenty-first century.
What are the likely economic effects of climate change? What are the costs of substantial action to avert climate change? What economic policies can be effective in responding to climate change? The debate has broad implications for public policy. However, it also raises fundamental questions about economic analysis itself, and moves issues of environmental policy from the microeconomic to the macroeconomic level.
Taking global climate change seriously requires a re-examination of macroeconomic goals. Economic growth has been closely linked to expanded use of energy, primarily fossil fuels. The assumption of continuing economic growth, in turn, leads economists to discount future costs, including the generational impacts of climate change. Challenging conventional concepts of growth implies different development paths both for rich and poor nations.
This volume brings together contributions from scholars around the world to address these issues.