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|November 2016||Applying Asset Pricing Theory to Calibrate the Price of Climate Risk|
with Kent D. Daniel, Gernot Wagner: w22795
Pricing greenhouse gas emissions is a risk management problem. It involves making trade-offs between consumption today and unknown and potentially catastrophic damages in the (distant) future. The optimal carbon price is based on society’s willingness to substitute consumption across time and across uncertain states of nature. A large body of work in macroeconomics and finance has attempted to infer societal preferences using the observed behavior of asset prices, and has concluded that the standard preference specifications are inconsistent with observed asset valuations. This literature has developed a richer set of preferences that are more consistent with asset price behavior.
In this paper, we explore the implications of these richer preference specifications for the Social Cost of C...