The Amenity Value of the Global Climate [NOOK Book]

Overview

This book develops and applies a far-reaching account of the economic value of climate, derived from its 'amenity value', or, the benefits which a particular climate provides to the people of that region or country. As climate change moves higher on the economic and policy agendas, reliable measures of the benefits and costs of specific climates, and of changes to them, become ever more critical.
Detailed studies of a range of countries, including Britain, the US, India and ...
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Overview

This book develops and applies a far-reaching account of the economic value of climate, derived from its 'amenity value', or, the benefits which a particular climate provides to the people of that region or country. As climate change moves higher on the economic and policy agendas, reliable measures of the benefits and costs of specific climates, and of changes to them, become ever more critical.
Detailed studies of a range of countries, including Britain, the US, India and Russia, show that the mobility of the population is crucial. When individuals are able to move, the amenity value of the climate is reflected in land prices and wage rates. Without mobility, amenity values emerge in patterns of purchasing, either to compensate for the disadvantages of the climate or to make best use of it. Indices are generated for the cost of living as a function of climate variables, and optimal climates are identified to determine who wins and who loses from climate change.
Among other applications, the book also demonstrates how the value of climate for agriculture can be derived from agricultural land prices and how much of the value of climate change can be calculated from its consequences for tourism.
This volume is a significant contribution to environmental economics. Its practical and policy implications offer a basis for valuing the consequences of climate change.
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Editorial Reviews

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'Well-structured, well written, and also very accessible to non-economists.'
International Journal of Sustainable Development

'This book offers sobering insights into the value of climate and climate change.'
Richard S J Tol, Michael Otto Professor of Sustainability and Global Change, University of Hamburg

'Maddison makes a case for focusing on the measurement of impacts on developing countries and bringing forward programmes for compensation and adaptation, rather than concentrating on emission abatement.'
Green Government

'Interesting usage of economic valuation theories to determine the amenity values of climate in different sectors of the economy in different regions of the world... Packed with data and well referenced.'
Aslib Book Guide

'The book serves as a reminder of the demands of policy makers for hard data on just what we can expect to happen in a warming world.'
Geography

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134197774
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

David Maddison is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE), Associate Lecturer in the Department of Economics, University College London, and Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Hamburg.

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Table of Contents

List of tables
Acronyms and abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Foreword
Notes on the Author
Introduction
1 The amenity value of the climate of Britain 1
2 The amenity value of the climate: The Household Production Function approach 25
3 The impact of climate change on agriculture in Britain 40
4 In search of warmer climates: the impact of climate change on flows of British tourists 53
5 The amenity value of the climate of Italy 67
6 The effects of climate on welfare and well-being in Russia 77
7 A hedonic study of the non-market impacts of global warming in the US 93
8 The amenity value of the climate of India: A Household Production Function approach 106
App. 1 The impact of climate change on agriculture in Britain 118
App. 2 The effects of climate on welfare and well-being in Russia 120
App. 3 A hedonic study of the non-market impacts of global warming in the US 124
References 130
Index 138
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