UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

Marshall Burke, University of California, Berkeley

Adaptation to Climate Change: Evidence from US Agriculture

Date and Location

Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
3001 Plant and Environmental Sciences

Abstract

Understanding the potential impacts of climate change on economic outcomes requires knowing how agents might adapt to a changing climate. We exploit large variation in recent temperature and precipitation trends to identify adaptation to climate change in US agriculture, and use this information to generate new estimates of the potential impact of future climate change on agricultural outcomes. Longer-run adaptations appear to have mitigated less than half – and more likely none – of the large negative short-run impacts of extreme heat on productivity. Limited recent adaptation implies substantial losses under future climate change in the absence of countervailing investments.

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