Climate Policy Without Tears [E-Book]: CGE-Based Ancillary Benefits Estimates for Chile / Sébastien Dessus and David O’Connor
Dessus, Sébastien.
O’Connor, David.
Paris : OECD Publishing, 1999
46 p. ; 21 x 29.7cm.
OECD Development Centre Working Papers ; 156
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What interest do developing countries have in limiting the growth of their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions? Answering this question is crucial to moving international climate policy negotiations forward. The primary benefits for individual countries of GHG abatement remain highly uncertain and, in any case, long-term in nature. The costs, on the other hand, are near-term.Using an economy-wide model of Chile, this study examines a hitherto neglected set of benefits from climate policy, viz., the reduction in emissions of local and regional air pollutants and the "ancillary" health benefits, in this case for the people of Santiago, the capital city. These benefits are both near-term and readily captured by the country implementing the policy. Extensive sensitivity analysis is performed in recognition of the uncertainty surrounding certain key parameter and exogenous variable values — notably, Santiago residents’ willingness to pay (WTP) for reduced mortality and morbidity risk, and ...