Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/81011
Authors: 
Arndt, Channing
Chinowsky, Paul
Strzepek, Kenneth
Thurlow, James
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2011/92
Abstract: 
Climate change may damage road infrastructure to the potential detriment of economic growth, particularly in developing countries. To quantitatively assess climate change's consequences, we construct a climate-infrastructure model based on stressor-response relationships and link this to a recursive dynamic economy-wide modelto estimate and compare road damages to other climate change impact channels. We apply this framework to Mozambiqueand simulate four future climate scenarios. Our results indicate that climate change through 2050 is likely to place a drag on economic growth and development prospects. The economic implications of climate change appear to become more pronounced from about 2030. Nevertheless, the implications are not so strong as to drastically diminish development prospects. An adaptation policy of gradual evolution towards road designs that accommodate higher temperatures and follows rainfall trends (wetter or dryer) improves outcomes. At the same time, a generalized policy of upgrading all roads does not appear to be merited at this time. Our findings suggest that impact assessments should include the damages on long-run assets, such as infrastructure, imposed by climate change.
Subjects: 
climate change
infrastructure vulnerability
productivity
economic growth
Mozambique
JEL: 
Q54
O44
O55
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
233.77 kB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.