An Economist’s Guide to Climate Change Science
Climate change management is a global challenge that requires social science as much as it requires natural science. We provide a brief introduction to the physical science of climate change, written to provide essential background for economists and other social scientists. We also highlight some key areas in which economists—including those studying macroeconomics, political economy, and development—are in a unique position to help climate science advance.
We thank Tamma Carleton, Daniel Gilford, Gordon Hanson, Megan Lickley, Enrico Moretti, DJ Rasmussen, and Timothy Taylor for helpful comments. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Solomon Hsiang & Robert E. Kopp, 2018. "An Economist’s Guide to Climate Change Science," Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol 32(4), pages 3-32.