Climate-response functions

Robert Mendelsohn, Michael E. Schlesinger

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This paper develops climate-response functions for sensitive market sectors in the United States' economy using two empirical methods. The experimental approach constructs a process-based impact model from the results of controlled experiments. Reduced-form equations can be estimated from the model responses to multiple climate scenarios. The cross-sectional approach estimates response functions directly from empirical evidence in the field. Both methods indicate that agriculture, forestry, and energy have a hill-shaped relationship to temperature. Precipitation, sea-level rise, and carbon dioxide are also important.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)362-366
Number of pages5
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Ecology


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