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Seminar: Climate and Development - Challenges of Climate Change Mitigation and Poverty Eradication


*** Note the seminar will not be offered in WS 2016/17 ***


Limiting climate change to manageable levels will require substantial emission reductions by all world regions, including developing countries. Developing countries have strong population growth and are expected to develop rapidly in the 21st century. Without policy action, this will make them mayor carbon emitters. Developing countries themselves have strong reservations against participating in climate change mitigation out of a concern that it would delay or impede their development.

In this seminar we will take a close look at the trade-off between development and climate change mitigation. We will start by analyzing the role of energy for economic development, e.g. for constructing infrastructure and fueling structural change. We will then address potential for emission reductions in developing countries and discuss possible challenges, such as negative effects of higher energy prices on poverty and income inequality and adverse consequences of financial inflows within an international climate change architecture. Finally, we will outline alternative mitigation option that in the first place aim to further developing countries' domestic policy objectives - e.g. reducing local air pollution and increasing energy security and access - but also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

There will be an introductory phase with lectures followed by a seminar phase with student presentations and discussions. A reading list of papers will be provided. The course is designed for last year master and PhD students. You will need a basic knowledge of mathematics (“Mathematical Methods for Economists” or equivalent) as well as a basic knowledge of economic growth (see Barro and Sala-i-Martin (2004), “Economic Growth”, Chapter 2 or Acemoglu (2009), “Introduction to Modern Economic Growth”, Chapter 8). The course has a strong focus on current research and will be a suitable preparation for a master thesis.

The seminar is worth 6 ECTS points. The grade will be based on a term paper (“Seminararbeit”, 50%), a presentation (30%) and participation in class (20%). Please note that the seminar will take place at TU EUREF Campus (Schöneberg) on Wednesdays, 10:15am - 11:45am.






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