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Gernot Wagner

Gernot Wagner

Writing for PS since 2016
15 commentaries

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Gernot Wagner, a climate economist at Columbia Business School, is the author, most recently, of Geoengineering: The Gamble (Polity, 2021).

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  1. Realism About Techno-Optimism
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    Realism About Techno-Optimism

    Jan 26, 2023 Gernot Wagner laments that public debate about climate solutions is long on political grandstanding and short on nuance.

  2. The Case for Mandating Climate-Risk Disclosure
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    The Case for Mandating Climate-Risk Disclosure

    Nov 24, 2022 Timothy Meyer, et al. defend the legal and economic justification for the US Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed new rule.

  3. Who Pays for Climate Change?
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    Who Pays for Climate Change?

    Nov 16, 2022 Gernot Wagner sees voluntary carbon credits as only a partial answer to one of the biggest questions facing policymakers.

  4. Some Green Technologies Are More Equal Than Others
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    Some Green Technologies Are More Equal Than Others

    Oct 18, 2022 Gernot Wagner cautions against embracing immediate solutions that would be less efficient in the long run.

  5. The High Stakes of Climate-Risk Accounting
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    The High Stakes of Climate-Risk Accounting

    Sep 28, 2022 Gernot Wagner & Tom Brookes show why economists can no longer ignore the need for a far more comprehensive set of welfare indicators.

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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
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    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.
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    Death or Glory in Russia

    Slavoj Žižek traces the religious and intellectual roots of the Kremlin’s increasingly morbid war propaganda.

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