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Dell, Melissa, Jones, Benjamin F., and Olken, Benjamin A. Replication data for: Temperature Shocks and Economic Growth: Evidence from the Last Half Century. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2012. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2019-10-12.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary This paper uses historical fluctuations in temperature within countries to identify its effects on aggregate economic outcomes. We find three primary results. First, higher temperatures substantially reduce economic growth in poor countries. Second, higher temperatures may reduce growth rates, not just the level of output. Third, higher temperatures have wide-ranging effects, reducing agricultural output, industrial output, and political stability. These findings inform debates over climate's role in economic development and suggest the possibility of substantial negative impacts of higher temperatures on poor countries. (JEL E23, O13, Q54, Q56)

Scope of Project

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      E23 Macroeconomics: Production
      O13 Economic Development: Agriculture; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Other Primary Products
      Q54 Climate; Natural Disasters and Their Management; Global Warming
      Q56 Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth

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