The Yale Climate, Environment & Economic Growth Conference 2023 keynote session: Addressing the Climate Inequality Crisis

In her keynote address, Esther Duflo – the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT and a 2019 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics – highlighted the scale and urgency of the need to respond to this crisis, and discussed a possible way forward to address these gaping inequalities in the causes and effects of climate change. She argued for a mechanism to raise funds to support low-income countries and communities, potentially funded by a minimum global corporate tax and global wealth taxes.

The session opened with an introduction by Rohini Pande, the Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics at Yale and Director of the Economic Growth Center, and ended with a Q&A moderated by Nicholas Ryan, Associate Professor of Economics. Lucas Chancel of Sciences Po (currently visiting Harvard Kennedy School) spoke on "Addressing Inequality Under Climate Change: Issues in Measurement and Policy", followed by Duflo's keynote address.

Video Guide

  • 00:00 -- Introduction
  • 00:53 -- Lucas Chancel
  • 29:06 -- Esther Duflo
  • 1:12:42 -- Q&A

The Yale Climate, Environment & Economic Growth Conference 2023, took place at Yale on November 9 and 10, 2023, focused on the challenges of maintaining economic progress, and improvements in human welfare, while remaining within environmental boundaries that will sustain those improvements. It was hosted by the Economic Growth Center, the Yale School of the Environment, and the Yale Tobin Center for Economic Policy, with additional support from Yale Planetary Solutions, the Knobloch Family Foundation, and Smart Prosperity Institute.