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Climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing and transition countries: introduction to the special issue

  • Johanna Choumert (a1), Pascale Combes Motel (a2) and Katrin Millock (a3)

While mitigation efforts in developed and emerging economies are necessary in order to meet ambitious climate targets, the international community strives to explore strategies to help the most vulnerable populations to cope with the short-term and long-term impacts of climate change. In the perspective of the 21st COP of the UNFCCC (Paris, December 2015), this Special Issue on ‘Climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing and transition countries’ addresses two complementary topical issues. On the one hand, migration – international and internal – and remittances are analyzed as adaptation strategies for vulnerable households and individuals. On the other hand, climate policies in emerging economies are examined in light of their distributional impacts for households and of the strategic issues they may raise. This special issue introduces five papers with a diversity of approaches, e.g., game theory, econometric modeling and computable general equilibrium (CGE) modeling.

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Combes Motel, P., Choumert, J., Minea, A., and Sterner, T. (2014), ‘Explorations in the environment–development dilemma’, Environmental and Resource Economics 57(4): 479485.
Coniglio, N.D. and Pesce, G. (2015), ‘Climate variability and international migration: an empirical analysis’, Environment and Development Economics 20(4): 434468; doi:
Couharde, C. and Generoso, R. (2015), ‘The ambiguous role of remittances in West African countries facing climate variability’, Environment and Development Economics 20(4): 493515; doi:
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Ebeke, C. and Combes, J.L. (2013), ‘Do remittances dampen the effect of natural disasters on output growth volatility in developing countries?’, Applied Economics 45(16): 22412254.
Feng, S., Krueger, A.B., and Oppenheimer, M. (2010), ‘Linkages among climate change, crop yields and Mexico–US cross-border migration’, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 107(32): 1425714262.
Feng, S, Oppenheimer, M., and Schlenker, W. (2012), ‘Climate change, crop yields, and internal migration in the United States’, NBER Working Paper No. 17734, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge.
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Keen, M. and Kotsogiannis, C. (2014), ‘Coordinating climate and trade policies: Pareto efficiency and the role of border tax adjustments’, Journal of International Economics 94(1): 119128.
Mason, C.F., Barbier, E.B., and Umanskaya, V.I. I. (2015), ‘On the strategic use of border tax adjustments as a second-best climate policy measure’, Environment and Development Economics 20(4): 539560; doi:
Mendelsohn, R.O., Dinar, A., and Williams, L. (2006), ‘The distributional impact of climate change on rich and poor countries’, Environment and Development Economics 11(2): 159178.
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Peters, G.P., Minx, J.C., Weber, C.L., and Edenhofer, O. (2011), ‘Growth in emission transfers via international trade from 1990 to 2008’, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 108(21): 89038908.
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Smith, S.J., Edmonds, J., Hartin, C.A., Mundra, A., and Calvin, K. (2015), ‘Near-term acceleration in the rate of temperature change’, Nature Climate Change 5: 333336; doi:10.1038/nclimate2552.
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Weitzel, M., Ghosh, J., Peterson, S., and Pradhan, B.K. (2015), ‘Effects of international climate policy for India: evidence from a national and global CGE model’, Environment and Development Economics 20(4): 516538; doi:
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