Glenn Rudebusch

“The Rising Cost of Climate Change: Evidence from the Bond Market”

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Glenn Rudebusch presented the paper “The Rising Cost of Climate Change: Evidence from the Bond Market” he co-authored with Michael D. Bauer. From the abstract:

Social discount rates (SDRs) are crucial for evaluating the costs of climate change. We show that the fundamental anchor for market-based SDRs is the equilibrium or steady-state real interest rate. Empirical interest rate models that allow for shifts in this equilibrium real rate find that it has declined notably since the 1990s, and this decline implies that the entire term structure of SDRs has shifted lower as well. Accounting for this new normal of persistently lower interest rates substantially boosts estimates of the social cost of carbon and supports a climate policy with stronger carbon mitigation strategies.

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Pierre Monnin
Senior Fellow, CEP

Glenn Rudebusch

Glenn Rudebusch is Executive Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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