Climate Change: Economics, Ethics, and Population

Semester 1 2020, Australian National University



Main Texts






Weekly Topics and Readings

Only numbered Readings are Required


March 11: Justice, Goodness, and Individual Ethics


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March 18: Justice, Goodness, and Economic Analysis of Public Policy


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March 25: Aggregating Goodness, Social Welfare Functions, and Economic Analysis of Publc Policy


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April 1: Maximizing Expected Value vs. Precautionary Objectives for Policy


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April 8: Discounting


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April 15: No Class, Spring Break


April 22: Valuing Life and Death


2. Excel worksheet on utilitarianism and different monetizations of deaths for rich vs. poor

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April 29: Population Ethics and Climate Change


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May 6: Population Ethics: The Repugnant Conclusion and Non-Identity Problem


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May 13: Population Ethics: Mere Addition Paradox, Sadistic Conclusion, Very Repugnant Conclusion


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May 20: Population Ethics: Pareto-Dominance and Different Number Cases




May 27: Population Ethics Continued

June 17: Buchak on Climate Change, Risk, and Precaution


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June 27: Final Paper Due via email at 11:59pm Canberra Time



Further Reading


Further Reading: Science, Impacts, Adaptation, Mitigation



Further Reading: Ethics and Philosophy

Budolfson, McPherson, Plunkett eds., Climate Change and Philosophy, Oxford UP (forthcoming)
Other ethics and climate change monographs and anthologies:


Further Reading: Climate Economics


Estimating Climate Damages:
Inequalities:
Discounting:

Risk and Precaution:

Revenue Recycling:


Political Economy and the 'Pre-Paris Top-Down Approach to International Action (ie seeking a Kyoto-like international treaty):

Political Economy and the 'Post-Paris Bottom-Up Approach to International Action':