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CLIMATE CHANGE - Impacts, adaptation and political constraints

June 13 to June 17, 2022

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This program is sponsored by PSE’s « For a successful Energy Transition » Chair.

Two modes of participation are offered for the 2022 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.

Please note that reimbursment is guaranteed in full for sanitary reasons related to COVID-19.

The impact of climate change on the economy (for example, agriculture, income, migration, etc.) and appropriate regulation of « the greatest externality the world has ever seen », as the Stern Review puts it, are increasingly at the center of the policy and scientific debate.

How do we measure the impacts of climate change on economic outcomes ? What are the relevant economic instruments to combat climate change in a globalized world ? How do we transition toward a greener energy system ? How do lobbying and citizens’ assemblies influence the actual climate policies ? How can trade help regions mitigate the impacts of climate change ? How do we use geocoded data in empirical projects ?


The Climate Change program introduces participants to the cutting-edge research on the topic and familiarizes them with the relevant methods of analysis (econometric analysis, dynamic modelling).

« This one-week programme 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


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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 programme :

How do we measure impacts of climate change on economic outcomes ?
Relevant economic instruments to mitigate climate change
The challenges of the energy transition
Role of lobbying and information policies in defining climate policies
How do we improve the acceptability of environmental policies for citizens ? Insights from the Citizens Convention for Climate.
How can trade may mitigate or exacerbate the impacts of natural disasters/climate change ?

Skills acquired thanks to the programme :

  • How to use temperature data to evaluate the impacts of a changing climate on the economy
  • Deep understanding of the methods used to evaluate the economic impacts of climate change
  • Understanding of the building blocks of top-down Integrated Assessment Models and their assumptions
  • How to use geocoded data for environmental economics

Why this program is interesting for MA and PhD student ?

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

Why this programme is interesting for professionals ?

It presents them the important evolution of academic thoughts on climate change and environmental policies, makes important points that should be useful for people working in the policy world (about the efficiency of some specific instruments), and review 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 one).     

How will students benefit from the programme

It offers a cutting-edge review of the field (with a relatively large selection of topics, depending on each professor) and allows you to identify the frontier on which you could base your 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

Table of Contents - Climate Change