Economics Department Undergrad Open House March 6th, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm E52-324
UEA Lecture - Why is the Economics of Climate Change so Difficult and Controversial? Martin Weitzman (Harvard University).
The economic analysis of climate change presents an incredibly difficult intellectual challenge. It compels the economist to confront issues that push economic analysis to the breaking point – and sometimes well beyond. Economists are forced to grapple with many issues that are novel or that have previously been swept aside. The questions being raised are of supreme importance, but do not often lend themselves to simple or easy answers. This talk will provide a fast-paced crash course on why the economics of climate change is so especially difficult and so especially controversial. March 7th, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 3-370
UEA Lecture - The Inclusive Growth Story of the 21st Century: The Drive to the Zero-Carbon Economy Nicholas Stern (The London School of Economics and Political Science).
The world economy will likely double in around two decades. And the world’s infrastructure will likely double a little more rapidly than that. At the same time to deliver on the Paris agreement, emissions will have to be cut sharply by 40% or more in that period. And the world will have to achieve net zero emissions within 50 years (with still stronger ambition if the target is set to 1.5oC). It is clear therefore, that the next two decades are critical for the sustainability of lives and livelihoods on the planet. However, the rapid change that we require can be the engine of inclusive growth and poverty reduction over these coming decades. It can be a growth story full of discovery, innovation, investment and inclusion. And embody much more attractive ways to live and work. This lecture/seminar will describe the urgency and magnitude of the challenge, discuss some of the key policies and actions, and show how the great opportunities offered by this transition can be taken. April 9th, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 2-190
Massachusetts Institute of Technology • Department of Economics
The Morris and Sophie Chang Building • E52-300
50 Memorial Drive • Cambridge, MA 02142