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Fat-tailed uncertainty and the learning-effect

Hwang, In Chang (2014): Fat-tailed uncertainty and the learning-effect.

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Abstract

One of the recent findings in the economics of climate change is that emissions control plays a significant role in the reduction of the tail-effect of fat-tailed uncertainty on welfare. The current paper gives another perspective: the learning-effect. The effect of emissions control on welfare is decomposed into the direct effect and the learning-effect. Although this has been known for thin-tailed uncertainty in the literature, this paper takes a different approach: the changes in temperature distributions under fat-tailed uncertainty and learning.

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