RES-GES Webinar: Environment and Climate Change recording available


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The Royal Economic Society in partnership with the Government Economic Service (GES) recently held their third webinar in their RES-GES Webinar Series, with the theme environment and climate change on 7 March.

The webinar recording is now available to view. For any RES members who missed out on the session or would like to have a look back at the event, the recording is now available here.

Below is some information about the event.


In low and middle income countries, interventions that bring local benefits — such as improving air quality or expanding the use of renewable energy — may be a more politically palatable approach to confronting the climate change challenge than top-down policies to reduce emissions.

We examine two examples of this approach. In the first, we look at the effectiveness of policies to reduce crop residue burning, which is an important source of both local particulate pollution and greenhouse gases.

In the second we look at whether global innovation and diffusion of solar energy can transform both the energy access and emissions landscapes of developing countries. These win-win type policies where a dirty practice or technology is being replaced by a clean one look good on paper but face many constraints. Therefore, evidence on their effectiveness is key to addressing the global climate change challenge given that the bulk of future emissions will come from low and middle income countries.

Chair: Adam Harmon, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


  • Robin Burgess, London School of Economics
  • Kelsey Jack, University of California, Santa Barbara

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