publication . Research . 2016

Knowing the Damages is not Enough: The General Equilibrium Impacts of Climate Change

Kalkuhl, Matthias; Edenhofer, Ottmar;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2016
  • Publisher: Munich: Center for Economic Studies and ifo Institute (CESifo)
Abstract
We show that economies may exhibit a strong endogenous macroeconomic adaptation response to climate change. If climate change induces a structural change to the more productive sector, economies can benefit from climate change though productivities in both sectors are reduced. If climate change causes structural shifts towards the less productive sector, damages are exacerbated by the intersectoral reallocation of labor and intertemporal reallocation of capital. We further assess impacts on labor movement and income distribution. We apply our analytical findings to reasonable parameters for a large set of real-world economies and find that the multiplier effect ...
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free text keywords: O41, O44, O13, O14, Q54, Q56, dual economy, adaptation, multi-sector growth model, general equilibrium, factor income, distribution, ddc:330
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