skip to content
 

ECONOMICS AND CLIMATE CHANGE: FROM GETTING IT WRONG TO MAKING IT RIGHT

Friday 25 October: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Downing College, Howard Theatre, Regent Street, CB2 1DQ

The 20th century saw unprecedented gains in global welfare. From 1900-2015, life expectancy more than doubled, literacy rates more than tripled, & the proportion of people living in extreme poverty fell. But alongside these improvements, the global economic system generated 1.5 trillion tonnes of CO2 emissions. It is now clear: business as usual will cause climate catastrophe with the potential to wipe out a century of progress.

Presenting their most recent research, the Bennett Institute’s Matthew Agarwala & Dimitri Zenghelis argue that misleading statistics can help explain how the 20th century economic model got progress so wrong, & discuss how to fix it. Results show that 21st century sustainability cannot be measured with 20th century statistics: as economies evolve, so too must our tools of measurement.

This discussion presents new ways of measuring carbon in the global economy, uncovers the distributional effects of climate change, & explains how economists can both get & make the future right. The Bennett Institute for Public Policy is delighted to welcome you to explore the ethics of climate change, re-draw the map of global emissions, & make the case for conditional optimism & a carbon neutral future.

Acknowledgements: Matthew Agarwala & Dimitri Zenghelis lead the Bennett Institute’s Wealth Economy Project: Natural & Social Capital, which is funded by LetterOne.

Booking Information

Telephone number:
01223 766766

Booking required

Accessibility

Accessible toilet, Full access

Additional Information

Age: 16+, Talk, Arrive on time, Free

Map