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The Behavioral Economics of Climate Change - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128118740, 9780128118757

The Behavioral Economics of Climate Change

1st Edition

Adaptation Behaviors, Global Public Goods, Breakthrough Technologies, and Policy-Making

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Authors: S. Niggol Seo
Paperback ISBN: 9780128118740
eBook ISBN: 9780128118757
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 21st June 2017
Page Count: 278
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The Behavioral Economics of Climate Change: Adaptation Behaviors, Global Public Goods, Breakthrough Technologies, and Policy-Making shows readers how to understand mitigation strategies emerging from global warming policy discussions and the ways that changing climate conditions can alter these strategies. Through quantitative analyses, case studies and policy examples, this bottom-up approach to climate change economics gives readers the tools to create effective responses to global warming. This self-contained book on the topic covers key scientific and economic subjects in an applied, innovative and immediately relevant fashion.

Key Features

  • Unravels individual behaviors and national policies about global warming by evaluating their evolving motives and incentives
  • Provides an economic analysis of the ways individuals makes decisions when faced with climate change
  • Details a full range of alternative economic and policy responses, placing them in an integrated conceptual and policy framework


Upper-division undergraduates and graduate students working on climate change issues, particularly the behavioral and policy dimensions of global warming

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to the Behavioral Economics of Climate Change for Provision of Global Public Goods
2. The Theory of Public Goods and Their Efficient Provisions
3. Designing Global Warming Policies and Major Challenges
4. A Globally Optimal Carbon Price Policy from Noncooperative Behavioral Standpoints
5. Breakthrough Technologies: Technological Innovations as an Alternative Global Warming Solution
6. Adaptation Paradigm as an Alternative Global Warming Policy
7. Negotiating a Global Public Good: Lessons from Global Warming Conferences and Future Directions


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About the Author

S. Niggol Seo

S. Niggol Seo is a natural resource economist who has specialized in the study of global warming and globally-shared goods. He received a Ph.D. degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from Yale University in May 2006 with a dissertation on microbehavioral models of global warming. While at Yale, he learned from Professors Robert Mendelsohn and William Nordhaus (Nobel Prize in 2018) on the economics of global warming. Since 2003, he has worked on various World Bank projects on climate change in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. He held professor positions in the UK, Spain, and Australia from 2006 to 2015. Professor Seo has published over a hundred (peer reviewed) articles on global warming economics, which include seven books. He has been on the editorial boards of the three journals: Food Policy, Climatic Change, and Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. He received an Outstanding Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy Article Award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) in Pittsburgh in June 2011 for developing a microbehavioral economic model of adaptations to climate change.

Affiliations and Expertise

Muaebak Institute of Global Warming Studies, Seoul, South Korea


"The Behavioral Economics of Climate Change is a well-structured summary of current thinking. People need a clearly articulated presentation of key topics, and this book provides it." --Ana Iglesias, Technical University of Madrid (UPM)

"The policy problems which climate change creates for the global community are enormous. This new book provides an excellent guide to what economics has to say about the best approaches to solving these problems." --Nick Hanley, University of St Andrews

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