Climate change has the potential to eliminate humankind from the Earth if our generation refuses to confront its responsibilities towards Humanity. In recent years, the crucial question has shifted from the nature of the climate problem to the shaping of the optimal societal answer. How should one adapt Society to address this question optimally? This CEPR network is aimed at addressing this crucial question. This initiative will generate, coordinate and disseminate academic research related to this existential issue. The network seeks to foster a dialogue among academics and policy makers about the optimal policies to deal with fighting climate change, both in terms of mitigation and adaptation.

The range of theory and policy questions is wide, from determining the optimal policy instruments to the estimation of the schedule of efficient carbon prices, the best strategy to solve the free-rider problem in international negotiations, the estimation of climate impacts, the issue of equity and burden-sharing, the role of green finance, the impact of risk and uncertainties in the urgency to reduce emissions, or the management of the political acceptability issue, to mention just a few items in the long list of hot topics in climate economics.


Jean Boissinot

RPN Member, Climate Change / RPN Member, Sustainable Finance

Simone Borghesi

Secretary General Policy Outreach Committee European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists; Director FSR Climate European University Institute; Professor in Economic Policy University of Siena

RPN Member, Climate Change

Carlo Carraro

Professor of Environmental Economics Ca Foscari University of Venice

Michael Greenstone

Milton Friedman Professor in Economics and Director of the Energy Policy Institute University Of Chicago

Fellow, Development Economics / RPN Member, Climate Change

Phoebe Koundouri

University Professor Athens University of Economics and Business; President-elect European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists; Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy

RPN Member, Climate Change

Francesco Paolo Mongelli

Senior Adviser in Directorate General Monetary Policy European Central Bank; Honorary Professor Goethe University Frankfurt

RPN Member, Climate Change

Associate Fellow

Ottmar Edenhofer

Director Mercator Research Institute On Global Commons And Climate Change; Director and Chief Economist Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; Professor Technical University of Berlin

Geoffrey Heal

Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise Columbia University