Inequality and growth impacts from climate change – insights from South Africa

Inequality and growth impacts from climate change – insights from South Africa

Dasgupta S., Emmerling J., Shayegh S., (2020), Inequality and growth impacts from climate change – insights from South Africa, RFF Working Papers Series, May 2020, webpage

Abstract

The impact of climate change on economic growth has received considerable attention in recent years. We build on this literature, but instead of per-capita GDP, we consider inequality and poverty at the country and sub-national panel level with a focus on South Africa. Our analysis on both scales suggest a significant [-shaped relationship between inequality/poverty indices and local mean temperature. Inequality, hence tends to be lowest at moderate temperatures (11°C-17°C).

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