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12 May, 2017

FEEM Research Seminar on "Designing Climate Policy under Polar Amplification: Cooperative and Noncooperative Solutions"

Where: Venice

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
Isola di S. Giorgio Maggiore, 8
30124 Venice
Video-conference  at FEEM Milan

How to reach: Google map
Event's Timetable:

h. 11.30 Seminar
In Venice a light lunch will follow the seminar for registered participants.

Information: Registration is required. Please confirm your participation here. The seminar will be broadcasted via GoToMeeting. Seminars Office,
Speaker: Anastasios Xepapadeas, Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) Moderator: Carlo Carraro, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei


Polar amplification is an established scientific fact which has been associated with the surface albedo feedback and with heat and moisture transport from the Equator to the Poles.

In a recent paper, Brock and Xepapadeas (2017)* unified a two-box climate model, which allows for heat and moisture transport from the southern region to the northern region, with a simple economic model of welfare optimization. The main contribution was to show that by ignoring spatial heat and moisture transport and the resulting polar amplification, the regulator may overestimate or underestimate the tax on greenhouse gas emissions.

The present research extends the model in two directions. First, it analyses non-cooperative solutions where each region decides unilaterally its own emissions under conditions of heat transfer and PA. Second, by allowing for capital accumulation it explores how the two-region model with PA can be unified with a Ramsey-type optimal growth model and characterizes the cooperative solution.

(*) Brock, W., and A. Xepapadeas, 2017, Climate Change Policy under Polar Amplification, European Economic Review, forthcoming.
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