miércoles, 25 de septiembre de 2013

Incertidumbre y modelos de cambio climático

Bob Pindyck acaba de publicar un paper sobre el papel de la incertidumbre en los modelos de evaluación del cambio climático, "Climate Change Policy: What Do the Models Tell Us?." La respuesta:
Very little. A plethora of integrated assessment models (IAMs) have been constructed and used to estimate the social cost of carbon (SCC) and evaluate alternative abatement policies. These models have crucial flaws that make them close to useless as tools for policy analysis: certain inputs (e.g., the discount rate) are arbitrary, but have huge effects on the SCC estimates the models produce; the models' descriptions of the impact of climate change are completely ad hoc, with no theoretical or empirical foundation; and the models can tell us nothing about the most important driver of the SCC, the possibility of a catastrophic climate outcome. IAM-based analyses of climate policy create a perception of knowledge and precision, but that perception is illusory and misleading.
¿Significa eso que no debemos usarlos, que no sirven? Pues, como subraya John Parsons, tampoco es eso. Pero hay que ser más humildes, y reconocer lo que sabemos y lo que no, y los juicios de valor dejárselos a la sociedad.

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