What is the role of economics in combating climate change?

Venice International University e Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Goal9 Goal13 UNIV

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 h. 17:00-18:30


Climate change is the defining issue of our time. Economists have been at the forefront of climate mitigation debates, suggesting market-based policies, such as carbon taxes and emissions trading systems as the best way to curb emissions. And yet, ‘action on climate change remains the greatest challenge for public policy of our times’ (Stern, 2019).  Several countries have committed to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 but these promises have not been reflected in actions. Why do politicians fail to take effective measures to tackle climate change? How do we explain the lack of policy cooperation on this global issue? Could other disciplines, such as behavioral economics or political economy help tackle these issues?

Miria A. Pigato is currently Visiting Professor at the University Ca' Foscari of Venice. She will bring to our audience her experience as former World Bank’s lead economist and practice manager. By drawing on real-world examples based on her unique carrier, she will engage the public in discussing policies to mitigate climate change, by looking at the current landscape of policy issues that inhibit global cooperation as well as at feasible climate policies that have worked in the real world. 

The seminar primarily addresse SDG 13 on climate change. 

Admission is free. The seminar will be in English and streamed online. 


Email: alessandra.fornetti@univiu.org 

Additional information on the event

The event is in English, in person at Venice International University and streamed online. To follow it via Zoom please register here: https://www.univiu.org/viu-life/viulectures/viu-lecture-what-is-the-role-of-economics-in-combating-climate-change-may-10-2023-5-pm

Streaming online
Isola di San Servolo, Venezia