Time is of the Essence: Climate Adaptation Induced by Existing Institutions

47 Pages Posted: 10 May 2021 Last revised: 23 Feb 2022

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Antonio Bento

University of Southern California - Sol Price School of Public Policy

Noah Miller

University of Southern California

Mehreen Mookerjee

Zayed University

Edson Severnini

Carnegie Mellon University

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Date Written: May 2021

Abstract

This study conceptualizes and demonstrates empirically that existing non-climate policies can induce climate adaptation. Adaptation involves adjusting to or coping with climatic change with the goal of reducing our vulnerability to its harmful effects. We examine the impact of temperature on ambient ozone concentration in the United States from 1980-2013. Ozone is formed under warm temperatures, but regulated by the Clean Air Act. These air quality standards may act as a buffer against extreme increases in ambient ozone concentration. Indeed, adaptation in counties out of attainment with the standards is 107 percent larger than under attainment, implying substantial regulation-induced adaptation.

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Suggested Citation

Bento, Antonio and Miller, Noah and Mookerjee, Mehreen and Severnini, Edson, Time is of the Essence: Climate Adaptation Induced by Existing Institutions (May 2021). NBER Working Paper No. w28783, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3842758

Antonio Bento (Contact Author)

University of Southern California - Sol Price School of Public Policy ( email )

Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
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Noah Miller

University of Southern California

Mehreen Mookerjee

Zayed University ( email )

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Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

Edson Severnini

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
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