Data & Code for: Non-dogmatic Social Discounting
- Millner, Antony (University of California-Santa Barbara)
AbstractThis repository contains the Matlab code and data used to plot the figures in "Non-dogmatic social discounting". There are three files:
a) “Drupp_data.xlsx” — data provided by the authors of Drupp et. al. (2018). The original paper contains a code book, available at https://aeaweb.org/doi/10.1257/pol.20160240.data
b) "deltaeta_data.mat" -- a Matlab data file containing the surveyed values of "delta" (pure rate of social time preference) and "eta" (elasticity of marginal utility), reported in the Excel file above.
c) "NDSD.m" -- a Matlab script that plots the figures displayed in the paper, and the online appendix. (Depends on deltaeta_data.mat)
To replicate the figures, place “NDSD.m” and “deltaeta_data.mat” in the same folder, and execute NDSD.m from the Matlab command line.
The paper's abstract is as follows:
The long-run social discount rate has an enormous effect on the value of climate mitigation, infrastructure projects, and other long-term public policies. Its value is however highly contested, in part because of normative disagreements about social time preferences. I develop a theory of `non-dogmatic' social planners, who are insecure in their current normative judgments and entertain the possibility that they may change. Although each non-dogmatic planner advocates an idiosyncratic theory of intertemporal social welfare, all such planners agree on the long-run social discount rate. Non-dogmatism thus goes some way towards resolving normative disagreements, especially for long-term public projects.
Is supplement to
DOI: 10.1257/aer.20161007 (Text)
Millner, Antony. “Non-Dogmatic Social Discounting.” American Economic Review 110, no. 3 (March 2020): 760–75. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.20161007.
- ID: 10.1257/aer.20161007 (DOI)
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