Tinbergen Institute AmsterdamNetherlands



Climate change is generally deemed one of the most urgent and challenging problems mankind has to deal with. The damages from global warming do not only gradually diminish aggregate production via worsening of health, drops in agricultural productivity, etcetera, but also via catastrophic shocks which are more imminent and more likely to occur as global warming becomes more acute. The appropriate response thus has to deal with uncertain marginal and non-marginal impacts. It has many fascinating facets and a fruitful analysis of policies to combat global warming requires inputs from almost all disciplines of economics. Before the conference interesting contributions were expected to come from analyses at the interface of macro, international trade, public finance, political economy, and environmental and resource economics. The conference brought together leading experts from these fields to discuss recent developments, ‘xenogamy’ possibilities between the different disciplines, and new challenges related to combating climate change.


The first objective of this two-day conference was to provide insights into the optimal and politically feasible design of climate policies and to discuss the importance of Green Paradox effects if suboptimal climate policies are implemented instead. The second objective was to emphasize and show that insights and tools from the already mentioned mainstream economic disciplines of macro, international trade, public finance, and political economy are valuable for and should be incorporated into climate change economics. The conference was also designed to mark the completion of the ERC grant on ‘Political Economy of Green Paradoxes’ directed by Cees Withagen at VU University Amsterdam and Rick van der Ploeg at Oxford University.


Geoffrey Heal (Columbia Business School, United States)
Hans-Werner Sinn (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and CESifo, Germany)

Scientific Committee in alphabetical order 

Bas Jacobs (Erasmus University Rotterdam and Tinbergen Institute)
Gerard van der Meijden (VU University Amsterdam and Tinbergen Institute)
Rick van der Ploeg (University of Oxford, VU University Amsterdam and Tinbergen Institute)
Florian Wagener (University of Amsterdam and Tinbergen Institute)
Sweder van Wijnbergen (University of Amsterdam and Tinbergen Institute)
Cees Withagen (VU University Amsterdam and Tinbergen Institute)

Local Organizing Committee (in alphabetical order)