ALAN PEARS: The cost of Labor’s Paris Climate Change Policies | John Menadue, Pearls and Irritations

Economic modelling is one of many tools for policy development. It is often taken out of context and misused. The present debate over the cost of Labor’s climate policy provides an example. Lack of context, modelling assumptions and selective use of modelling results risks distorting future climate and energy policy, with serious consequences.

Before entering into discussion of recent Coalition claims regarding the impact of Labor’s climate policies, we should consider some context.