Haavelmo on the climate issue
By Michael Hoel and Bjart Holtsmark
Nordic Journal of Political Economy, 2012, Volume 37, Article 5.
Although environmental issues were not the main theme of most of Haavelmo’s writings, issues related to the environment are discussed in many publications with a broader focus. Haavelmo was also concerned about continued rapid population growth, and argued at several occasions that continued rapid population growth would have a detrimental effect on the development of environmental quality. We show that this concern was well founded; the future population development is extremely important for how the future climate will develop.