The Monist 102 (1):84-109 (2019)

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Kian Mintz-Woo
University College, Cork
Mark Budolfson
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Marc Fleurbaey
Princeton University
Abstract
We analyze the role of ethical values in the determination of the social cost of carbon, arguing that the familiar debate about discounting is too narrow. Other ethical issues are equally important to computing the social cost of carbon, and we highlight inequality, risk, and population ethics. Although the usual approach, in the economics of cost-benefit analysis for climate policy, is confined to a utilitarian axiology, the methodology of the social cost of carbon is rather flexible and can be expanded to a broader set of social-welfare approaches. [Open access]
Keywords climate change  cost benefit analysis  social cost of carbon  population  discounting  risk  inequality
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DOI 10.1093/monist/ony023
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