Inequality and the Economic Analysis of Climate Change

Duke’s Center for Law, Economics, and Public Policy with the collaboration of the SCRiM network will be hosting a conference on the topic, “Inequality and the Economic Analysis of Climate Change.”

May 27-28, 2015
Duke Law School
Room 4047

The conference will run from 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27 and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28. A schedule with the conference sessions, papers, and participants is posted here.

The conference will include papers and presentations by economists, philosophers, policy scholars, and lawyers on many aspects of the topic, such as: the effect of intra- and intergenerational inequality on the social cost of carbon or optimal mitigation pathways; the distributional effects of mitigation policies such as carbon taxes, cap-and-trade, or REDD; how current integrated assessment models (IAMs) such as RICE, FUND or PAGE take account of distributional concerns, and how IAMs can be refined to better do so; how equity concerns should influence disaster aid or other efforts to reduce the effects of global warming; altruism and equity; the choice between utilitarian and equity-regarding (e.g., “prioritarian”) social welfare functions as the normative basis for evaluating climate policies; and the relation between equity and corrective justice (compensatory) considerations with respect to climate policy.

Participants at the conference will be scholars both from Duke and from other universities, in the U.S. and abroad. A current participant list may be found here.

Duke faculty, graduate or professional students, or staff are welcome to register, as are those with an academic affiliation elsewhere.

For administrative questions, please contact Stephanie Lowd or Victoria Zellefrow at For questions about the content of the conference, please contact Matthew Adler,






There will be parking for the conference in the Science Drive Visitor Lot across the street from the Fuqua School of Business (next door to the Law School) on Science Drive, between NC 751 and Whitford Drive. Additional parking will be available in Parking Garage 4.  Additional parking information can be found here.



Stephanie Lowd
(919) 613-7080
Victoria Zellefrow
(919) 613-8545