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Where To After Copenhagen? The Economics of Climate Change: An International Conference

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker

Hirofumi Uzawa

The New School will host the Economics of Climate Change: An International Conference, where U.S. and international academics, government officials, and policy analysts, will discuss carbon emission, climate change, and emission regulation on April 9-10, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor.The conference will offer important lessons on how to enact effective climate change policy in light of the United States’ fragile economy and the post-Copenhagen tensions between developed and developing countries.

The agenda includes an overview from the European Commission and U.S. Administration regarding what policies, plans, and strategies are next for developed countries. Panels will be dedicated to economic growth, specific mitigation policies (carbon tax, cap and trade, and renewable energy), implementation strategies (global vs. country-specific), and the role of developing countries.

Organized by Willi Semmler, professor of Economics at The New School for Social Research, the conference will include keynote speeches by Hirofumi Uzawa of Tokyo University and Ernst Ulrich von Weizs√§cker, former chairman of the German Parliament’s Environmental Committee. Participants include representatives from the European Commission and the Obama Administration; Tariq Banuri, director of the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development and member of the Nobel Prize-winning Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); Alfred Greiner, University of Bielefeld; Geoffrey Heal, Columbia University; Peter Schlosser, Columbia’s Earth Institute; and Franz Wirl, University of Vienna. The New School faculty participating include Lopamudra Banerjee and Edward Nell, The New School for Social Research and Michael Cohen, Graduate Program in International Affairs.

This conference is free, but reservations are required by visiting For more information, call 212.229.5901 x4911or email

The Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) and the Economics Department of The New School for Social Research are hosting the conference, with support from the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, the Alex C. Walker Foundation, and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany New York.

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