Global Modeling and Target Optimality

Snower D (1980). Global Modeling and Target Optimality. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-80-099


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This article's point of departure is the observation that global modelers characteristically do not justify their policy recommendations in terms of social optimality criteria. Instead, they simply compare the forecasts of their descriptive models with the simulations of their prescriptive models. This article attempts to clarify why social optimality criteria are necessary in global modeling and how such criteria can be constructed. In this vein, the socially optimal paths of policy targets are derived for a simple, illustrative global model.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Working Paper)
Research Programs: System and Decision Sciences - Core (SDS)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:48
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2018 12:31

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