Innovation for Remaking the Planet: Some Economics of Geoengineering R&D

Timo Goeschl, Heidelberg University

The anticipation of international failure to stop climate change has given so-called “Geoengineering” approaches new respectability. Geoengineering is the deliberate large-scale modification of the Earth’s climate system with the intention of preventing or limiting dangerous climate change. Its implementation depends on a family of technologies that are yet to be developed. The nature and scale of Geoengineering raises both normative and strategic issues of international and intergenerational technology development and transfer. This talk will introduce the topic of Geoengineering and discuss the current state of knowledge on the economics of Geoengineering R&D.

About the speaker
Timo Goeschl (Ph.D. Economics, University of Cambridge) is a Professor in the Department of Economics (Alfred Weber-Institute) at Heidelberg University and Director of the Research Center for Environmental Economics. He serves as Co-Editor of Environmental and Resource Economics, on the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and as a Research Associate at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. He previously held faculty appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Cambridge. His research interests are in environmental and resource economics, the economics of innovation, and the economics of regulation. His research has employed theoretical models, econometric evidence, and experimental methods and has been published in the Journal of the European Economic Association, the European Economic Review, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Public Choice, and other leading outlets. He has consulted with the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the OECD and other international and national institutions and a number of private corporations.

Venue: Conference room (room 0.16 & 0.17)

Date: 07 April 2016

Time: 12:30 - 13:30


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