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"A Reassessment of Argentina's GHG Proposed Target"

Mariana Conte Grand
Director Master in Economics
Universidad del CEMA
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Bren Hall 1424

"Mariana Conte Grande is a well-known Argentinian environmental economist who has been particularly successful in bridging the academic-policy divide. She received her PhD from UCLA in the late 1990s." — Charles Kolstad, speaker host

At the time of Argentina's GHG reduction voluntary commitment, most of the articles about intensity targets had not been published. This paper (re)discusses the proposed target, considering that literature. To justify the adopted target form and stringency, we compare fixed and dynamic targets in terms of the likelihood of “hot air” and the abatement dispersion. We show how the reference BAU scenario and the level of emissions reduction affect targets' design and characteristics. Finally, we compare allowed and projected emissions during the first half commitment period (2008-2010).

Mariana Conte Grand earned her BA in economics from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, an MA in public policy from Instituto Torcuato Di Tella, and a PhD in economics from UCLA. Her field is environmental economics. She has worked in the design of environmental policies and the analysis of their impact for projects financed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program, and the Secretariat of Natural Resources and the Environment of Argentina, among others, and in several legal cases related to environmental damage. Her research is related to analyzing international environmental agreements. Her work on the design of a GHG target for Argentina is reported in a paper in Environmental and Development Economics. Her latest work, on the lin
k between population, GDP, and GHG emissions, has been published in Ecological Economics.


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