Conference (Programme): Ethical Underpinnings of Climate Change Economics, November 11th-13th 2014, TINT (Helsinki, Finland)

A three days conference on “Ethical Underpinnings of Climate Change Economics” will be hosted by Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences [TINT], University of Helsinki from November 11th-13th, 2014.

The debates around climate change have renewed the interest in the relation between ethics and economics. The most recent indication of this is the Working Group III report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which takes the ethical foundations of climate mitigation policies explicitly into consideration. For the first time, influential climate ethicists were invited to be among the authors of the report. The aim was to connect the economic evaluation of climate policies to the discussion of the ethical issues.

While recognising the role of economics in climate policy choices, the IPCC report stresses the limits of economics in addressing some ethical values and considerations of justice that cannot be easily monetized. The report also emphasises how economic methods – even when monetizing is possible – implicitly involve significant ethical assumptions.

In particular, the workshop aims to focus on (1) ethical assumptions underpinning the methodological choices of economics and (2) the ways that economics might accommodate those ethical considerations that seem to challenge the standard way of doing economics.

Tuesday 11 November
9-11 John Broome (University of Oxford)
“Climate change: life and death”

11.30-12.30 Aaron Maltais (Stockholm University)
“Making Our Children Finance Mitigation One Way or Another”

13.30-14.30 Blake Francis (Stanford University)
“Moral asymmetries in economic evaluations of climate change”

14.30-15.30 Simo Kyllönen and Alessandra Basso (University of Helsinki)
“Integrating ethics and economics of climate change? Intergenerational sufficientarianism informing the choice of the social discount rate”

16-18 AID – Agora for Interdisciplinary Debate
“Integrating ethics and economics in climate policy assessment”
with John Broome, John O’Neill and Matti Liski

Wednesday 12 November
9-10 Duncan Purves (University of Wyoming)
“Intergenerational Justice and Discounting the Future”

10-11 Säde Hormio (University of Helsinki)
“Non-substitutability and dual-rate discounting”

11.30-12.30 Adrian Walsh (University of New England)
“Climate Change Policy, Economic Analysis and Price-Independent Conceptions of Ultimate Value”

13.30-14.30 Eugen Pissarskoi (Institute for Ecological Economy Research, Berlin)
“Justification of a climate policy goal under uncertainty”

14.30-15.30 Matthew Rendall (University of Nottingham)
“Moral Supervenience and the Value of Possible People”

16-17 Marisa Beck (University of Waterloo)
“Deciphering Pieces of Ethics: Integrated Assessment Models of Global Climate Change”

Thursday 13 November
9-11 John O’Neill (University of Manchester)
“Mapping climate disadvantage”
Keynote + Q&A

11.30-12.30 Tony Gregg (American University)
“Trans-generational Justice: A Capabilities Approach That Spans Both Time and Space”

13.30-14.30 Kian Mintz-Woo (University of Graz)
“Prospect Theory and Determination of η”

14.30-15.30 Closing remarks – next steps

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