Tuesday 1 November 2011

Weitzman at Canterbury

Coming up at the University of Canterbury:

Professor Adrian Sawyer, Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the College of Business and Economics and Dean of Commerce, warmly invites you to attend the 7th Annual Condliffe Memorial Lecture, ‘Why is the economics of climate change so difficult and controversial?  The lecture will be delivered by Martin Weitzman, Professor in Economics at Harvard University.  Event details and an outline of the seminar are provided below.
Date:            Thursday 17th November 4.30pm – 5.30pm. Refreshments to follow
Venue:         Law 108, Ground floor, Law Building, University of Canterbury
RSVP:          by 10th November to karen.ashby@canterbury.ac.nz  

Abstract: In this lecture Professor Weitzman will focus on the special features of the economics of climate change that make this area so very difficult to analyse by conventional economic tools.  He will discuss such topics as deep structural uncertainty, whose preferences are included, the possibility of catastrophic outcomes, discounting the distant future, and international public goods.  Professor Weitzman will speculate on how the dilemmas of climate change might play themselves out. 
Biography:Martin L. Weitzman is Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Previously he was on the faculties of MIT and Yale. He has been elected as a fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published widely in many leading economic journals and written two books. Weitzman's interests in economics are broad and he has served as consultant for several well-known organisations. His current research is focused on environmental economics, including climate change, the economics of catastrophes, cost-benefit analysis, long-run discounting, green accounting, and comparison of alternative instruments for controlling pollution. We look forward to seeing you on the 17th of November.
I'll be there and I hope to see many of you there too.

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