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Simon Dietz

   Co-Director, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

   Director, ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

   Associate Professor, Dept. of Geography and Environment

 

You can download pre-publication versions of most of my papers here, or follow the link to the journal to read the published version. Alternatively, e-mail me.

New working papers

 

"Spaces for agreement: a theory of time-stochastic dominance" (with Anca Matei), Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy Working Paper 153 and Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment Working Paper 137, 2013 (download)

 

"Is there space for agreement on climate change? A non-parametric approach to policy evaluation" (with Anca Matei), Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy Working Paper 152 and Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment Working Paper 136, 2013 (download)

 

"Ambiguity and insurance: robust capital requirements and premiums" (with Oliver Walker), Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy Working Paper 115, Munich Re Programme Technical Paper 16, and Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment Working Paper 97, 2012 (download)

 

"Domestic politics and the formation of international environmental agreements" (with Carmen Marchiori and Alessandro Tavoni), Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy Working Paper 100 and Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment Working Paper 87, 2012 (download)

 

"Adaptation to climate change and economic growth in developing countries" (with Antony Millner), Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy Working Paper 69 and Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment Working Paper 60, 2011 (download)

 

"A representation result for choice under conscious unawareness" (with Oliver Walker), Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy Working Paper 68, Munich Re Programme Technical Paper 10, and Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment Working Paper 59, 2011 (download)

 

Books

 

The Political Economy of the Environment: an Interdisciplinary Approach (co-edited with Jonathan Michie and Christine Oughton), Abingdon: Routledge, 2011 (link to publisher's page)

 

Handbook of Sustainable Development (co-edited with Giles Atkinson and Eric Neumayer), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2007 (link to publisher's page)

 

second edition in preparation

 

Journal articles

 

"Tall tales and fat tails: the science and economics of extreme warming" (with Raphael Calel and David Stainforth), Climatic Change, available online (link to journal) (download paper) (download SI)

 

"Benefit-cost analysis of non-marginal climate and energy projects" (with Cameron Hepburn), Energy Economics, 40, 61-71, 2013 (link to journal) (download)

 

appeared previously as "On non-marginal cost-benefit analysis" (with Cameron Hepburn), Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy Working Paper 20 and Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment Working Paper 18, 2010

 

"Scientific ambiguity and climate policy" (with Antony Millner and Geoffrey Heal), Environmental and Resource Economics, 55(1), 21-46, 2013 (link to journal)

 

"Vulnerability to weather disasters: the choice of coping strategies in rural Uganda" (with Jennifer Helgeson and Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler), Ecology and Society, 18(2), 2, 2013 (download)

 

reprinted in William P. Butz, Wolfgang Lutz and Jan Sendzimir (eds.) Education and Differential Vulnerability to Natural Disasters, Laxenburg: IIASA, 2014 (download)

 

"The treatment of risk and uncertainty in the US social cost of carbon for regulatory impact analysis", Economics e-Journal, 6, paper no. 2012-18, 2012 (download)

 

"Climate policy under sustainable discounted utilitarianism" (with Geir Asheim), Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 63(3), 321-335, 2012 (download) (link to journal)

 

"High impact, low probability? An empirical analysis of risk in the economics of climate change", Climatic Change, 103(3), 519-541, 2011 (download) (link to journal)

 

"Strategic appraisal of environmental risks: a contrast between the UK's Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change and its Committee on Radioactive Waste Management" (with Alec Morton), Risk Analysis, 31(1), 129-142, 2011 (download) (link to journal)

 

recipient of a "Best Paper of 2011" award from Risk Analysis

 

"The equity-efficiency trade-off in environmental policy: evidence from stated preferences" (with Giles Atkinson), Land Economics, 86(3), 423-443, 2010 (download) (link to journal)

 

reprinted in Kenneth G. Willis and Guy Garrod (eds.) Valuing Environment and Natural Resources, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012 (link to publisher's page)

 

"Environmental prices, uncertainty and learning" (with Sam Fankhauser), Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 26(2), 270-284, 2010 (download) (link to journal)

 

"New frontiers in the economics of climate change" (with David J. Maddison), Environmental and Resource Economics, 43(3), 295-306, 2009 (download) (link to journal)

 

"Siblings, not triplets: social preferences for risk, inequality and time in discounting climate change" (with Giles Atkinson, Jennifer Helgeson, Cameron Hepburn and Hakon Saelen), Economics e-Journal, 3, paper no. 2009-26, 2009 (download)

 

"On the timing of greenhouse gas emissions reductions: a final rejoinder to the symposium on "The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review and its Critics"" (with Nicholas Stern), Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 3(1), 138-140, 2009 (download) (link to journal)

 

"Why economic analysis supports strong action on climate change: a response to the Stern Review's critics" (with Nicholas Stern), Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 2(1): 94-113, 2008 (download) (link to journal)

 

"Right for the right reasons: a final rejoinder on the Stern Review" (with Dennis Anderson, Nicholas Stern, Chris Taylor and Dimitri Zenghelis), World Economics 8(2): 229-258, 2007 (download) (link to journal)

 

"Some economics of 'dangerous' climate change: reflections on the Stern Review" (with Chris Hope and Nicola Patmore), Global Environmental Change 17(3-4): 311-325, 2007 (download) (link to journal)

 

"The impacts of climate change: perspectives from the Stern Review", The Brown Journal of World Affairs 13(2): 173-184, 2007 (download) (link to journal)

 

"Reflections on the Stern Review (1): a robust case for strong action to reduce the risks of climate change" (with Chris Hope, Nicholas Stern and Dimitri Zenghelis), World Economics 8(1): 121-168, 2007 (download) (link to journal)

 

"Corruption, the resource curse and genuine saving" (with Eric Neumayer and Indra de Soysa, Environment and Development Economics 12(1): 33-53, 2007 (download) (link to journal)

 

"Weak and strong sustainability in the SEEA: concepts and measurement" (with Eric Neumayer), Ecological Economics 61(4): 617-626, 2007 (download) (link to journal)

 

"Public perceptions of equity in environmental policy: traffic emissions policy in an English urban area" (with Giles Atkinson), Local Environment 10(4): 445-459, 2005 (download) (link to journal)

 

"Genuine savings: a critical analysis of its policy-guiding value" (with Eric Neumayer), International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 3(3/4): 276-292, 2005 (download) (link to journal)

 

"Economic growth, biodiversity loss and conservation effort" (with W. Neil Adger), Journal of Environmental Management 68(1): 23-35, 2003 (download) (link to journal)

 

Book chapters

 

“From efficiency to justice: utility as the informational basis of climate change strategies, and some alternatives”, in John Dryzek, Richard B. Norgaard and David Schlosberg (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011 (link to publisher's page)

 

“The Stern Review”, in Stephen H. Schneider (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011 (link to publisher's page)

 

"Environmental challenges of the twenty-first century and the need for an interdisciplinary political economy" (with Jonathan Michie and Christine Oughton), in Simon Dietz, Jonathan Michie and Christine Oughton (eds.) The Political Economy of the Environment: an Interdisciplinary Approach, Abingdon: Routledge, 2011 (link to publisher's page)

 

"Economics and the governance of sustainable development" (with Eric Neumayer), in W. Neil Adger and Andrew Jordan (eds.) Governing Sustainability: Essays in Honour of Tim O'Riordan, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009 (download) (link to publisher's page)

 

"Economics, ethics and climate change" (with Cameron Hepburn and Nicholas Stern), in Kaushik Basu and Ravi Kanbur (ed.) Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honour of Amartya Sen (Volume 2: Society, Institutions and Development), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009 (download) (link to publisher's page)

 

"Introduction" (with Giles Atkinson and Eric Neumayer), in Giles Atkinson, Simon Dietz and Eric Neumayer (eds.) Handbook of Sustainable Development, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2007 (link to publisher's page)

 

"Progress in the measurement of sustainable development" (with Giles Atkinson), in Welfare Economics and Sustainable Development, edited by Yew-Kwang Ng and Ian Wills, Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, developed under the auspices of the UNESCO, Oxford: EOLSS Publishers, 2007 (download)

 

"A critical appraisal of genuine savings as an indicator of sustainability" (with Eric Neumayer), in Phil Lawn (ed.) Sustainable Development Indicators in Ecological Economics, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2006 (download) (link to publisher's page)

 

reprinted in Joan Martinez-Alier and Inge Ropke (eds.) Recent Developments in Ecological Economics, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2008 (link to publisher's page)

 

"Some constructive comments on the Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare" (with Eric Neumayer), in Phil Lawn (ed.) Sustainable Development Indicators in Ecological Economics, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2006 (download) (link to publisher's page)

 

Reports, media articles, etc.

 

"Non-economic losses in the context of the UNFCCC work programme on loss and damage" (with Sam Fankhauser and Philip Gradwell, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, Policy Paper, February 2014 (download)

 

"Carbon tax v cap-and-trade: which is better?" (with Luca Taschini and Naomi Hicks), Guardian's Ultimate Climate Change FAQ, 2013 (link)

 

"Why do we see unilateral action on climate change?" (with Carmen Marchiori and Alessandro Tavoni), Vox, 5 December 2012 (link)

 

"Report on Kerry Smith's keynote lecture to EAERE2012: valuing nature in general equilibrium", EAERE Newsletter, Autumn 2012 (link; EAERE members only)

 

"Why do economists describe climate change as a 'market failure'?" (with Alex Bowen and Naomi Hicks), Guardian's Ultimate Climate Change FAQ, 2012 (link)

 

"Why does climate change get described as a 'stock-flow' problem?" (with Naomi Hicks), Guardian's Ultimate Climate Change FAQ, 2012 (link)

 

Comments on "Climate Risks and Carbon Prices: Revising the Social Cost of Carbon", Economics for Equity and the Environment (E3 Network), 2011 (download)

 

Climate Change Scenarios: Implications for Strategic Asset Allocation (with Danyelle Guyatt and a team from Mercer, the Grantham Research Institute and Vivid Economics), February 2011 (link)

 

"Thinking through the climate change challenge" (open letter with Robert Hahn, Alistair Ulph and others), Vox, 16 January 2011 (link)

 

"Adaptation in the UK: a decision-making process" (with Nicola Ranger, Antony Millner, Sam Fankhauser, Ana Lopez and Giovanni Ruta), Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, Policy Brief, September 2010 (download)

 

"Still wary of Bjorn Lomborg's pronouncements on climate change" (with Alex Bowen, Bob Ward and Dimitri Zenghelis), The Guardian, 2 September 2010 (link)

 

"Ambiguity is another reason to mitigate climate change" (with Antony Millner and Geoffrey Heal), Vox, 1 September 2010 (link)

 

"A long-run target for climate policy: the Stern Review and its critics", supporting research for the UK Committee on Climate Change's inaugural report Building a Low-Carbon Economy – the UK’s Contribution to Tackling Climate Change, 2008 (download) (link to the CCC)

 

Review of the Methodological Approaches Available for Setting Carbon Budgets (with Paul Watkiss, Will Blyth, Tom Downing, Alistair Hunt and Ken Fletcher), report to the UK Committee on Climate Change, Oxford: Paul Watkiss Associates, 2008 (download) (link to the CCC)

 

Review of DEFRA paper "The Social Cost Of Carbon And The Shadow Price Of Carbon: What They Are And How To Use Them In Economic Appraisal In The UK", peer review for the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2007 (download)