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ESM 229

Economics & Policy of Climate Change

Kyle C. Meng

Prerequisites: ESM 204

Units: 4


Anthropogenic climate change presents some of the biggest challenges facing modern society. Economics provide a powerful intellectual foundation for understanding and analyzing many of these challenges, from how climate change arises as a problem to how policies can address it. This course employs insights and tools from economics to understand climate change impacts, the design of mitigation and adaptation policies, and the consequences of these policies. Special attention will be paid to ways in which climate impacts and policies could exacerbate or alleviate existing social inequities. Lectures are designed to help students become critically-minded practitioners of climate policy through the use of empirical evidence and economic reasoning. Additionally, problem sets expand students’ skillsets in statistical analysis and numerical modeling.

Course Syllabus: Winter 2024


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