Lecture Kleinman Center Event

The True Cost of Carbon

Hybrid Event


Gernot Wagner
Associate Professor, NYU


Arthur van Benthem
Associate Professor, Wharton


Kleinman Energy Forum
Fisher Fine Arts Library
220 S 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

This live event is also available on Zoom. 

Climate economist and author Gernot Wagner discusses the hidden dangers of climate inaction.

If attending in person, you must present a Penn Green Pass to attend. Details will be emailed to you after registration.

Event Summary

What we know about climate change is bad, and should have prompted us to act a long time ago. But what we don’t know is potentially much worse. NYU climate economist Gernot Wagner discusses what we know, what we don’t, and the implications for climate policy in the U.S. and globally.

Please note this is a hybrid event. We look forward to welcoming guests back to the Kleinman Center’s Energy Forum. In accordance with the University of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 guidelines, if you are joining in person you will be required to wear a mask and present a green PennOpen Pass (for members of the Penn community) or PennOpen Campus pass (for visitors) to attend. Further details for joining in-person or virtually will be emailed with your registration. Boxed lunches will be available to go following the event!

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The True Cost of Carbon

Gernot Wagner


Gernot Wagner

Clinical Associate Professor, NYU
Gernot Wagner is a climate economist. He teaches climate economics and policy at NYU, where he is a clinical associate professor. Wagner is a 2021-2022 Kleinman Center Visiting Scholar.

Arthur van Benthem

Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy
Arthur van Benthem is an expert in environmental and energy economics, exploring the economic efficiency of energy policy. He is a faculty fellow at the Kleinman Center and an associate professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at Wharton.