Domestic and International Climate Policies

Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Domestic and International Climate Policies
Course code
PHD148 (AF:364626 AR:193167)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Corso di Dottorato (D.M.45)
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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This course presents climate change policy under its multiple economic facets. Climate change is an environmental problem, but also an economic development problem and an energy problem. There is no silver bullet to address it. A variety of domestic and international policies need to be implemented. This course analyses different economic scenarios in which climate change and climate policy play a crucial role. It compares different business as usual scenarios in different countries and regions. And it highlights the consequences of climate change on social and economic variables. In particular, the course discusses the main economic asymmetries induced by climate change, both in terms of costs of the various impacts and in terms of costs of policies to address climate change. Given this background, the course analyses the different negotiation positions at the Conference of the Parties and the difficulties in achieving an agreement to control GHG emissions. Using a game-theoretic framework that carefully describes international climate negotiations, it will then be possible to identify the main properties of an effective international agreement on climate change control.
1. Knowledge and understanding:
1.1 Understand the role of economics in addressing climate change
1.2. Compare different climate policy instruments
1.3 Understand the dynamics of international negotiations on climate change

2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding:
2.1. Assess impacts of climate change
2.2. Apply economic instruments to mitigate climate change
2.3. Identify solutions to reduce obstacles towards international climate agreements

3. Judgment skills:
3.1. Assess pros and cons of different climate policy instruments
3.2. Understand the future of economic and energy systems taking climate and technological change into account
3.3. Evaluate the success probability of international negotiations on climate change
Very good knowledge of economics, mathematics and statistics. Students should also be familiar with the main impacts of climate change and should follow the debate on the measures and policies to address climate change.
1. An overview of the main policy instruments to deal with climate change
2. Adaptation vs mitigation
3. The EU ETS
4. Climate finance
5. Climate innovation
6. Climate negotiations
7. The European Green Deal – towards a climate neutrality objective by 2050
8. Sustainable consumption as a cornerstone of climate mitigation efforts
- Scott Barrett, Carlo Carraro, Jim De Melo, Towards a Workable and Effective Climate Regine, CEPR Press 2015, free downloadable at (anche in francese per la casa editrice Economica).
- Nicholas Stern, Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change, MIT Press, 2014
- Gernot Wagner and Martin L. Weitzman, Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet , Princeton University Press, 2014
- IPCC - Fifth Assessment Report, free downloadable at
- IPCC - Sixth Assessment Report (draft)
Homeworks, essay writing and discussion of the main issues.
Lectures and workgroups. Students will be asked to prepare short essays that will be discussed in class. Much of the learning process should take place before and during the course, to make lectures more participated and interesting, and to give students the capacity to use and apply the acquired knowledge.

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Climate change and energy" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.