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Home | Events | The Economics of Climate Change
Tinbergen Institute Lectures

The Economics of Climate Change

  • Location
    Tinbergen Institute, Gustav Mahlerplein 117 Amsterdam
  • Date

    May 13, 2020 until May 15, 2020

Robert S. Pindyck is the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Professor of Economics and Finance in the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and he has been a Visiting Professor at Tel-Aviv University, Harvard University, and Columbia University.

These lectures will provide an introduction to the economic analysis of climate change and climate policy. Professor Pindyck will explain what we know and don’t know about climate change, with an emphasis on the nature of the uncertainty over climate outcomes, and the implications of that uncertainty for policy. The uncertainty is crucial because of the insurance value it creates, and because it interacts with irreversibilities. (Environmental damage can be irreversible, which increases the value of conservation, but a policy itself imposes irreversible costs on society, which works in the opposite direction.) We will see that policy is largely driven by the possibility of an extreme outcome – a “climate catastrophe.” And that will lead us to the economic analysis of catastrophes more generally: How should society respond to the variety of potential global catastrophes we face?


TI research master students should register by means of the online registration mode in Osiris. TI PhD students should use the online course registration form. Exernal PhD students use the form for external students.

The registration code for the Lectures is: TI189

Deadline for registration: April 15, 2020
Maximum number of participants: 50

Registration fee is €400 for TI PhD students, €500 for all other PhD students and €750 for other participants.

For more information please contact Ms. Carine Horbach at courses@tinbergen.nl