According to financial journalist Noah Smith, economists have not yet heeded the call to action on climate change. His thought-provoking essay posits that relatively little research has gone into the field of climate economics, and that practitioners continue to hew to outdated formulas and models. Yet he points out that there is hope for this corner of the dismal science – more research, fewer silos, an appreciation of tail risks and less emphasis on carbon taxes would make economics a worthy contributor to the work on climate change.
About the Author
Noah Smith is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist, and he blogs at Noahpinion. He is a former assistant professor of finance at Stony Brook University.