James K. Boyce is a senior fellow at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the author of Economics for People and the Planet: Inequality in the Era of Climate Change.
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Distributional Considerations in Climate Change Mitigation: Policy Design as if the Present Generation Matters
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