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Economics of Climate Change Introduction to the focal topic

Economic approaches in the context of the debate about climate change have long been a major political influence, but also within their own discipline quite controversial, as it has been shown recently in the context of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This thematic focus now aims less at a fundamental critique of economic approaches, but focuses on necessary extensions to the traditional economic approaches - both methodically and with regard to the depth of field.