Economics serving society

CLIMATE CHANGE - Impacts, adaptation and political constraints

June 12 to June 16, 2023

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This program is sponsored by PSE’s “For a successful Energy Transition” Chair.

The impact of climate change on societies (on health, agriculture, income,...) and regulation of the “greatest externality the world has ever seen”, as the Stern Review puts it, are increasingly at the centre of policy and scientific debate.
What are the impacts of climate change on human health and on economic outcomes? What are the relevant economic instruments to combat climate change in a globalized world? How do lobbying and information provision influence actual climate policies? How can trade help mitigate the impacts of climate change?


The Climate Change program introduces participants to cutting-edge research on the topic and familiarizes them with state-of-the-art methods to analyze the issue. The objective of the course is to equip the participants with the background and tools that are needed to contribute to this dynamic field in terms of research and policy design and evaluation.

« This one-week program gave me a different perspective on the topic and provided me with a better overall perception. It is a huge plus for research purpose. » Nathan, 2019


Intermediate knowledge of Environmental Economics (master or very strong undergraduate). Knowledge of modern econometric methods is also required.

Main concepts/theories/softwares… learned during the program:

  • How to measure impacts of climate change on human health and on economic outcomes
  • Relevant economic instruments to mitigate climate change
  • The role of lobbying and information policies in defining climate policies
  • The role of trade in mitigating or exacerbating the impacts of natural disasters/climate change

Skills acquired thanks to the program:

  • How to use weather data to evaluate the impacts of a changing climate on the economy
  • Deep understanding of the econometric methods used to evaluate the impacts of climate change
  • How to use geocoded data for environmental economics
  • How to model the effects of climate change on human health
  • How to approach the political economy of climate policy and the role of lobbying by companies and green NGOs

How will MA and PhD students benefit from this program:

It offers a cutting-edge review of the field (with a relatively large selection of topics, depending on each professor) and allows them to identify the frontier on which they will be able to base their own research.

« Thanks to the PSE Summer School I met people with whom I still keep in touch and introduced me to an important literature. » Kristina, 2018

How will professionals benefit from this program:

It presents them with the important evolution of economic research on climate change and environmental policies, makes important points that should be useful for people working with policy (about the efficiency of some specific instruments), and reviews the up-to-date techniques that are now used to do research on this topic (to allow professionals to read and discriminate between good research and less interesting analysis).     

Two modes of participation are offered for the 2023 Edition:

  • In person, taking into account the highest sanitary measures to protect the participants and professors. On site, our parisian campus offers teaching and logistics space: classrooms, teaching theater, garden, coffee and lunch breaks facilities...
  • Online, proposing interactive lectures in real time and, beyond, online office hours with professors to facilitate interactions. PSE offers technologies and process that will ensure high quality communication for online participants, both with professors and with other participants.
  • For all the participants, full sets of lecture notes and presentations will be made available, as well as the recordings of the courses.
  • This program is equivalent to 3 ECTS credits, which PSE validates.

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