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Global Climate Change Digest
A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 5, NUMBER 5, MAY 1992
The following are available from the Organization for Economic Cooperation
and Development through offices throughout the world, including: OECD Pubs.,
2001 L St. NW, S-700, Washington DC 20036 (202-785-6323), or OECD, 2 rue André-Pascal,
75775 Paris CEDEX 16, France (tel: 33-1 45.24.82.00).
Responding to Climate Change: Selected Economic Issues, 149 pp.,
1991, $36. Prepared under the 1990 "Socio-Economic Aspects of Climate
Change" activity of the OECD Environment Committee; consists of the
following three reports.
"Potential Costs of Adapting to Sea Level Rise in OECD Countries,"
F. Rijsberman, 13-49. Although sea level rise may impose significant costs on
specific locations, the problem may be more manageable than appears at first
"Economic Instruments for Climate Change Policy," S. Barrett,
53-108. Emphasizes that the efficiency savings that might be available from
using market instruments would be considerable. Analyzes carbon taxes and
tradable carbon permits.
"Economic Analysis of International Environmental Agreements: Lessons
for a Global Warming Treaty," S. Barrett, 111-149. The economic questions
surrounding negotiations on an international convention on climate change
(particularly the free-rider issue) are examined, drawing upon experience from
previous international environmental agreements.
Climate Change: Evaluating the Socio-Economic Impacts, 109 pp.,
1991, $27. Consists of four papers prepared under the "Socio-Economic
Aspects of Climate Change" activity of the OECD.
"Evaluating the Socio-Economic Impacts of Climate Change: An
Introduction," D. Pearce (Econ. Dept., Univ. College, London), 9-20. Used
agriculture and sea level rise as examples to point the way to improved impact
assessment methodologies in general. Considerably more study will be needed to
quantify these impacts for specific locations.
"Methodological Guidelines for Assessing the Socio-Economic Impacts of
Climate Change on Agriculture," S. Sonka (Dept. Agric. Mgmt., Univ.
Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Ill.), 21-43. Reviewed key literature assessing the
agricultural impacts of climate change to ascertain the state-of-the-art methods
currently employed; documented the extent to which critical concerns
(uncertainty, regionalization etc.) have been previously addressed; suggests
improvements in existing agricultural impact assessment methodology.
"Modelling the Economic Impacts of Global Climate Change for
Agriculture and Trade," S.R. Johnson (Ctr. Agric. & Rural Develop.,
Iowa State Univ., Ames, Ia.), 45-71. Addresses the choice of modeling methods by
reviewing specific modeling issues for linking climate to agriculture and trade
in agricultural commodities. Suggests a possible modeling approach using
existing or extended and elaborated systems.
"Impacts of Sea Level Rise: An Economic Approach," H.M.A. Jansen
(Inst. Environ. Studies, Free Univ., Amsterdam, Neth.), O.J. Kuik, C.K. Spiegel,
73-109. Consolidates available literature and suggests improvements in the
methodological approach to assessing the impacts of climate-change-induced sea
OECD Economic Studies, No. 17, Autumn 1991, $25.
"Energy Prices, Taxes and Carbon Dioxide Emissions," P. Hoeller
(OECD General Econ. Div.), M. Wallin, 91-105. Reviews policy responses in OECD
countries to the threat of global warming; discusses the link between carbon
emission intensities and current energy prices; examines the relative price
effects of current energy policies and the implicit carbon taxes reflected in
present energy taxation of different fuels; looks at the likely effect of a
carbon tax on energy prices and emission intensities.
OECD Economic Studies, No. 16, 239 pp., Spring 1991, $25. Two
papers in this volume relate to climate change.
"Economics and the Environment: A Survey of Issues and Policy Options,"
J. Nicolaisen (Norwegian Ministry of Finance), A. Dean, P. Hoeller, 7-43.
Reviews the main causes for excessive use of environmental resources in a market
economy, and discusses the merits of different policy instruments to counter
"Macroeconomic Implications of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A
Survey of Empirical Studies," P. Hoeller (OECD General Economics Division),
A. Dean, J. Nicolaisen, 45-78. Summarizes the models used in the survey;
presents baseline scenarios and emission reduction scenarios. Notes that the
climate change issue is a global problem, requiring a global response. To
minimize free-rider problems, an international agreement is required which
ensures that the maximum number of countries participate.
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