Revisiting the social cost of carbon

W. D. Nordhaus

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (14 February 2017)

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1609244114

The social cost of carbon (SCC) is a central concept for understanding and implementing climate change policies. This term represents the economic cost caused by an additional ton of carbon dioxide emissions or its equivalent. The present study presents updated estimates based on a revised DICE model (Dynamic Integrated model of Climate and the Economy). The study estimates that the SCC is $31 per ton of CO2 in 2010 US$ for the current period (2015). For the central case, the real SCC grows at 3

keywords: DICE model; climate change; economics; social cost carbon

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