Yale Climate, Environment & Economic Growth Conference 2023

Event time: 
Thursday, November 9, 2023 - 9:00am to Friday, November 10, 2023 - 5:00pm
Yale University See map New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

What is the future of economic growth in the face of climate change, and how should we measure it? How will low-income countries achieve significant poverty reduction without using carbon-intensive approaches or further degrading the environment? Have we been able to measure the economic value to natural resources accurately? How well do macroeconomic models capture the assumptions in climate models, and vice versa?

Such questions will be the focus of the conference, presented on Thursday and Friday, November 9-10 by EGC, the Yale School of the Environment, and the Yale Tobin Center for Economic Policy, with additional support from the Yale Planetary Solutions Project, the Knobloch Family Foundation, and Smart Prosperity Institute.

On November 9, the Economic Growth Center will host a problem-focused climate economics conference examining the future of economic growth in the climate transition. Sessions will cover frictions in climate adaptation in lower-income countries, energy markets and the renewable energy transition and the spatial and macro-economics of climate change. Esther Duflo will deliver a keynote address and we will conclude with an inter-disciplinary panel on “What will it take to get to a better operational representation of the impact of climate change on growth and inequality?”

On November 10, the Yale School of the Environment and Tobin Center will mark the 50th anniversary of William Nordhaus and James Tobin’s seminal paper “Is Growth Obsolete?”, and highlight plans for Natural Capital Accounting that Yale economists have helped develop within the Biden Administration.

The conference will be held in New Haven and will include researchers and policymakers.

Confirmed speakers on November 9 include Nobel laureate Esther Duflo (MIT), as well as Natalia Fabra (UC3M), Islamul Haque (Yale), Allan Hsiao (Princeton), Kelsey Jack (UCSB), Samuel Kortum (Yale), Gregory Lane (Chicago Harris), Valerie Ramey (UCSD), Catherine Wolfram (MIT), Tony Smith (Yale), and more.

Confirmed speakers on November 10 include Nobel laureate Bill Nordhaus (Yale), as well as Ethan Addicott (Exeter), Matthew Agarwala (Cambridge), Spencer Banzahf (NCSU), Steven Berry (Yale), Linda Bilmes (Harvard), Partha Dasgupta (Cambridge), Eli Fenichel (Yale), Dennis Fixler (BEA), Stephie Fried (FRBSF), Valerie Hickey (World Bank), Chad Jones (Stanford), Beth Kiser (Fed Board), Sarah Kapnick (NOAA), Albert Kroese (IMF), Steve Landefeld (BEA), Ehsan Masood (Nature), Nick Muller (CMU), Carl Obst (IDEEA), Rohini Pande (Yale), and more.