Essays on energy and environmental economics

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This dissertation investigates the economic and environmental implications of climate change, biofuel production and drought. By integrating global models and considering non-CO2 emissions, we analyze the impact of increased biofuel production on the global economy and emissions. Our findings show a reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions, with greater reductions in developed countries. Additionally, we explore the anthropogenic nature of drought in the United States and identify economic predictors using machine-learning techniques. Positive associations are found between drought severity and factors such as farm area, state spending, population demographics, and educational attainment. These findings have important implications for policymakers in developing effective strategies for managing and mitigating the impact of drought.

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CGE Model,, Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP), Biofuels,, Non-CO2 emissions,, Drought,, Machine Learning