© 2005

The Coupling of Climate and Economic Dynamics

Essays on Integrated Assessment

  • Alain Haurie
  • Laurent Viguier

Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Neil Edwards, Hubert Greppin, Alain Haurie, Laurent Viguier
    Pages 1-34
  3. Cesar Beltran, Laurent Drouet, Neil Edwards, Alain Haurie, Jean-Philippe Vial, Daniel Zachary
    Pages 69-95
  4. Jean-Pierre Aubin, Telma Bernado, Patrick Saint-Pierre
    Pages 113-143
  5. Barbara Buchner, Carlo Carraro, Igor Cersosimo, Carmen Marchiori
    Pages 173-204
  6. Maryse Labriet, Richard Loulou, Amit Kanudia
    Pages 205-235
  7. Peter Rafaj, Socrates Kypreos, Leonardo Barreto
    Pages 237-266
  8. Trent Yang, John Reilly, Sergey Paltsev
    Pages 267-293
  9. Alain Bernard, Marc Vielle, Laurent Viguier
    Pages 295-319
  10. Ana Priceputu, Hubert Greppin
    Pages 355-381
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 383-383

About this book


Climate and economies have interdependent dynamics. Even though the pace of climate change is probably much slower than the speed of adjustment of the world economies, the global climate change impact of economic development and growth has to be controlled and taken into account in the policy assessment process. Integrated assessment models are now trying to capture the different feedbacks that link the climate system and the development of human societies. This book reviews the different approaches used to model these dynamic interactions between climate and economies and proposes new avenues of research in this domain. In fourteen chapters this book deals with various aspects of the building of integrated assessment models, either by coupling economic growth and climate change modules, or using mathematical models of viability or dynamic game theory to represent the interactions between the world regions concerned. It also focuses on more specific economic equilibrium models that can be used to assess international climate policies and it addresses the modelling of impacts of climate change in Switzerland as a test region.

This book is the result of several years of joint research in an interdisciplinary project on the human dimension of climate change. It proposes innovative ways to include climate simulation modules in optimal economic growth models; it explores the possible use of computable general economic equilibrium models coupled with paradigms of game theory to assess the dividends of cooperation in climate policies; it reports on the building of multi-region dynamic energy-technology-environment models to assess the possible response of the world energy system to a global cap on GHG emissions, and it shows how to model the impacts of climate change at a regional level.

This book is meant to serve as a reference work for researchers and graduate students who engage in interdisciplinary studies at the boundary between Earth and Social sciences.


Air pollution Climate Change Climate Policy Co2 Emission development emissions pollution

Editors and affiliations

  • Alain Haurie
    • 1
  • Laurent Viguier
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)Switzerland

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