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Title: The productivity impact of climate change : evidence from Australia's millennium drought
Authors: Sheng, Y
Xu, X 
Issue Date: Jan-2019
Source: Economic modelling, Jan. 2019, v. 76, p. 182-191
Abstract: The economic impact of climate change has usually been estimated based on changes in average weather condition and is often measured in terms of immediate loss of output or profit. Yet little is known about the impact of extreme weather event, in particular its impact on productivity in the medium to long term. Using Australia's Millennium drought as a case of extreme weather event and applying the synthetic control method, we show that severe droughts occurred between 2002 and 2010 has brought down agricultural total factor productivity by about 18 percent in Australia over the period, contributing significantly to the country's long-term slowdown of agricultural total factor productivity growth. Our results highlight the significance of productivity impact of extreme weather events that has been overlooked when accessing the economic impact of climate change.
Keywords: Climate change
Extreme weather events
Millennium drought
Total factor productivity
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Economic modelling 
ISSN: 0264-9993
EISSN: 1873-6122
DOI: 10.1016/j.econmod.2018.07.031
Rights: © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
© 2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
The following publication Sheng, Y., & Xu, X. (2019). The productivity impact of climate change: Evidence from Australia's Millennium drought. Economic Modelling, 76, 182-191 is available at
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