Adaptation to Climate Change: Evidence from US Agriculture
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AbstractUnderstanding the potential impacts of climate change on economic outcomes requires knowing how agents might adapt to a changing climate. We exploit large variation in recent temperature and precipitation trends to identify adaptation to climate change in US agriculture, and use this information to generate new estimates of the potential impact of future climate change on agricultural outcomes. Longer run adaptations appear to have mitigated less than half--and more likely none--of the large negative short-run impacts of extreme heat on productivity. Limited recent adaptation implies substantial losses under future climate change in the absence of countervailing investments.
CitationBurke, Marshall, and Kyle Emerick. 2016. "Adaptation to Climate Change: Evidence from US Agriculture." American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 8 (3): 106-40. DOI: 10.1257/pol.20130025
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- Q15 Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
- Q51 Valuation of Environmental Effects
- Q54 Climate; Natural Disasters and Their Management; Global Warming