Wednesday, May 10, 2023
5 pm CEST, Room 1E
Venice International University, San Servolo Island

Miria A. Pigato, Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

The event will be held in dual mode.
Registration is required to attend the event online. 


Climate change is the defining issue of our time. Economists have been at the forefront of climate mitigation debates, suggesting market-based policies, such as carbon taxes and emissions trading systems as the best way to curb emissions. And yet, ‘action on climate change remains the greatest challenge for public policy of our times’ (Stern, 2019). Several countries have committed to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 but these promises have not been reflected in actions. Why do politicians fail to take effective measures to tackle climate change? How do we explain the lack of policy cooperation on this global issue? Could other disciplines, such as behavioral economics or political economy help tackle these issues? Drawing on real-world examples, this presentation will discuss fiscal and financial policies to mitigate climate change; the current landscape of policy issues that inhibit global cooperation; and feasible climate policies that have worked in the real world.


Miria A. Pigato is a climate economist. She is currently a visiting professor at Ca’ Foscari University, in the Department of Economics. A former World Bank’s lead economist and practice manager, she holds a Ph.D. in Economics from University College, London, an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Economics from Ca’ Foscari University. She has served in several World Bank managerial and technical positions, leading senior policy dialogue in middle and low-income countries on macroeconomic and fiscal reforms, climate economics, and development financing. She has authored/edited many publications and has led economic research and development policy operations in Africa, South Asia, Central Asia, and the Caribbean.