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Climate-Response Functions

Robert Mendelsohn and Michael E. Schlesinger
Ambio
Vol. 28, No. 4 (Jun., 1999), pp. 362-366
Published by: Springer on behalf of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4314910
Page Count: 5
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Abstract

This paper develops climate-response functions for sensitive market sectors in the United States' economy using two empirical methods. The experimental approach constructs a process-based impact model from the results of controlled experiments. Reduced-form equations can be estimated from the model responses to multiple climate scenarios. The cross-sectional approach estimates response functions directly from empirical evidence in the field. Both methods indicate that agriculture, forestry, and energy have a hill-shaped relationship to temperature. Precipitation, sea-level rise, and carbon dioxide are also important.

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