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Carbon price efficiency : lock-in and path dependence in urban forms and transport infrastructure (English)

This paper investigates the effect of carbon or gasoline taxes on commuting-related CO2 emissions in an urban context. To assess the impact of public transport on the efficiency of the tax, the paper investigates two exogenous scenarios using a dynamic urban model (NEDUM-2D) calibrated for the urban area of Paris: (i) a scenario with the current dense public transport infrastructure, and (ii) a scenario without. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6941 JUN 01, 2014

Avner, Paolo; Rentschler, Jun; Hallegatte, Stephane

Why resilience matters -- the poverty impacts of disasters : Why resilience matters - the poverty impacts of disasters (English)

This paper presents empirical evidence of the profound and long-term damages from adverse natural events on poverty. It analyzes 30 years of macro-level damage data from disasters (including earthquakes, floods, and storms), according to income groups, and shows that low-income countries incur disproportionately large damages relative to their assets. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6699 NOV 01, 2013

Rentschler, Jun E.

Oil price volatility, economic growth and the hedging role of renewable energy (English)

This paper investigates the adverse effects of oil price volatility on economic activity and the extent to which countries can hedge against such effects by using renewable energy. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6603 SEP 01, 2013

Rentschler, Jun E.