The Social Cost of Carbon: Valuing Inequality, Risk, and Population for Climate Policy

Marc Fleurbaey, Maddalena Ferranna, Mark Budolfson, Francis Dennig, Kian Mintz-Woo, Robert Socolow, Dean Spears, Stéphane Zuber

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Abstract

We analyze the role of ethical values in the determination of the social cost of carbon, arguing that the familiar debate about discounting is too narrow. Other ethical issues are equally important to computing the social cost of carbon, and we highlight inequality, risk, and population ethics. Although the usual approach, in the economics of cost-benefit analysis for climate policy, is confined to a utilitarian axiology, the methodology of the social cost of carbon is rather flexible and can be expanded to a broader set of social-welfare approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-109
Number of pages26
JournalMonist
Volume102
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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  • Philosophy

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    Fleurbaey, M., Ferranna, M., Budolfson, M., Dennig, F., Mintz-Woo, K., Socolow, R., Spears, D., & Zuber, S. (2019). The Social Cost of Carbon: Valuing Inequality, Risk, and Population for Climate Policy. Monist, 102(1), 84-109. https://doi.org/10.1093/monist/ony023