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Worst-Case Economics Frank Ackerman

Worst-Case Economics

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    Worst-Case Economics

    Editorial: Anthem Press

    Idioma: Inglés

    ISBN: 9781783087099

    Formatos: ePub (con DRM de Adobe)

    Compatibles con: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android & eReaders

    $39.99

    Medios de pago
      Worst-Case Economics Frank Ackerman

      Worst-Case Economics

      $39.99

      Medios de pago

        Worst-Case Economics

        Editorial: Anthem Press

        Idioma: Inglés

        ISBN: 9781783087099

        Formatos: ePub (con DRM de Adobe)

        Compatibles con: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android & eReaders

        $39.99

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          Sinopsis
          Why do climate and financial crises pose such extreme risks? And what does it take to respond effectively to those risks? Extreme weather events – storms and sea-level rise, heat waves, droughts and floods – seem ever more common and extreme, while scientists warn of even greater climate risks ahead. Financial failures on the scale of 2008 make a mockery of the supposed efficiency of the market economy. None of this would be possible in the world as imagined by conventional economics – an imaginary land of gradualism, equilibrium, well-informed rationality and the win-win solutions dealt by the invisible hand.The erratic rhythm of boom and bust in financial markets could be explained either by the patterns of crowd-following behaviour among investors, or by the unequal distribution of wealth (and the impact of the largest investors on the markets). Climate crises reflect the fact that natural systems can reach tipping points or critical transitions, where gradual change gives way to large-scale discontinuous changes. The economics of climate change has lagged behind the science, understating the severity of the problem and the likelihood of a crash.While the causes of climate and financial extremes are distinct, the implications for public policy have much in common. The frequency of extreme events, of varying sizes, means that there is no way to predict the likely size of future crises. The traditional approach to risk aversion cannot account for longstanding patterns in financial markets. Better theories of risk call for more precautionary approaches to both financial and climate policy. In the frequent cases in which potential outcomes have unknown probabilities, the best policy is based on the worst-case credible scenario. When a single catastrophic risk commands everyone’s attention, a World War II-style, costs-be-damned mobilization is the right response. There is no formula for perfect responses to extreme risks, but there are important guideposts that point toward better answers.
          Acerca de Frank Ackerman

          Frank Ackerman is senior research associate at the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University. David Kiron is research associate at the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University. Neva R. Goodwin is co-director of the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University. Jonathan M. Harris is senior research associate at the Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University.

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