Nobel Laureate, Lars Peter Hansen Will Deliver PER Distinguished Lecture
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PER DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES
Featuring Nobel Laureate, Lars Peter Hansen
WHAT: Lars Peter Hansen, Nobel Laureate (2013) will deliver lecture titled, ‘Pricing Uncertainty Induced by Climate Change’
WHO: Lars Peter Hansen, Nobel Laureate (2013), David Rockefeller Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, Statistics, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
WHEN: Friday, April 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: 1512 International Affairs Building
DETAILS: Climate science documents uncertainty induced by alternative emission scenarios and alternative models, and it constructs simplified approximations to complex models. This special lecture examines the extent to which these components of uncertainty matter in an economic setting and over what time horizons. To address this problem, Hansen pose a hypothetical social planning problem and embrace recent advances in decision theory designed to confront uncertainty, broadly conceived. He uses “shadow” asset prices to assess the importance of climate uncertainty. The climate impacts depend on the horizon to the adverse outcomes might be realized. He uses some recent data to assess some of the current impacts or impacts expected to be realized in the near term.
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