Title: Space-time discounting for climate change policy
Location: 419 Schermerhorn Hall
Description: Seth Baum (Visiting Scholar, Columbia University; Doctoral Candidate, Pennsylvania State University) will be speaking at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions Lab.
Discounting is traditionally conceptualized as the comparison of the value of gains or losses that occur at different times. This traditional discounting figures prominently in many societal issues, especially climate change and other long-term environmental issues. However, the traditional discounting neglects the important role of space in value comparisons. In this talk, I present an overview of my ongoing research on space-time discounting. This research includes (1) ethical theory developing the concept of space-time discounting; (2) survey research exploring how people discount across space and time; and (3) applications to climate change policy. The talk will feature work at various stages from already published to preliminary plans so as to brief CRED on the space-time discounting project and begin identifying opportunities for productive collaboration.
Start Time: 12:00
End Time: 13:30