Date of Award

1-1-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Economics

First Advisor

Chiara Piovani

Abstract

Global climate change is a worldwide challenge requiring a coordinated, international policy response. However, political pressures and disagreements between developed and developing countries have obstructed past climate negotiations and have stalled the adoption of binding greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. Despite slow-moving international climate negotiations and comprehensive climate policies, many countries have turned to energy efficiency as a politically feasible tool to lower energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Economists debate the effectiveness of energy efficiency policies due differing perspectives regarding the relationship between energy use and economic growth. Because of this fundamental disagreement, economists often come to different conclusions as to whether energy efficiency routinely leads to either a reduction in energy use or leads to an economy-wide increase in energy use. Even when accounting for the rebound effect, many studies indicate that energy efficiency remains a highly cost-effective energy resource in the near future. Energy efficiency policies also offer an immediate and politically feasible policy tool to encourage the adoption of more comprehensive climate policies.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Amy Grace Laughlin

File size

103 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Economics, Environmental economics

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