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[Panel Event] Can Economics Help Save the World?

October 19, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT


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Join the HCRI at noon on Wednesday, October 19th, 2022 for our second Panel Event of the Fall semester!

Climate change is arguably the biggest challenge that humanity is facing. Most people agree that this is happening, that human activities are contributing, and that we need to be doing something about it. How are economists thinking about this issue? In this panel, we will address important economic concepts like carbon markets and carbon taxes, and the use and relevance of typical economics tools like Cost-Benefit Analyses and Climate-Economy models. Does the profession have the tools to measure, in monetary terms, the costs and benefits of climate change? Do climate economy models help us identify the economically optimal level of GHG emissions? Are market-based mechanisms better at achieving climate goals than laws and regulations? What steps should the profession take in order to help spur climate action, globally, nationally, and locally? Let’s discuss it!

Co-Facilitated with: Michail Fragkias, Professor in the Department of Economics, Boise State University


  • Lee Parton, Assistant Professor Economics, Boise State University
  • Tony Orlando, Ecosystem Services Analyst, The Freshwater Trust
  • Laura Villegas Ortiz, SR. Research Analyst, Earth Economics