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Chapter 6: Pricing Climate Change

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  • Lars Calmfors
  • Giancarlo Corsetti
  • John Hassler
  • Gilles Saint-Paul
  • Hans-Werner Sinn
  • Jan-Egbert Sturm
  • Ákos Valentinyi
  • Xavier Vives

Abstract

Burning of fossil fuel is the main reason behind manmade climate change. By burning the carbon content, carbon dioxide is produced and quickly spreads in the global atmosphere. This increases the greenhouse effect, thereby changing the earth’s energy balance. Concern over the negative consequences of climate change has led to a vast array of policy measures aimed at reducing the use of fossil fuel. This chapter examines some aspects of these policies. It discusses the arguments for taxes and quantity restrictions on CO2-emitting activities, and especially on the burning of fossil fuel, as well as policies to subsidise substitutes for these activities, particularly the use and development of technologies producing non-fossil based “green energy”.

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Article provided by CESifo Group Munich in its journal EEAG Report on the European Economy.

Volume (Year): (2012)
Issue (Month): (02)
Pages: 131-145

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Handle: RePEc:ces:eeagre:v::y:2012:i::p:131-145

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  1. Hans-Werner Sinn, 2009. "The Green Paradox," CESifo Forum, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 10(3), pages 10-13, October.
  2. Mikhail Golosov & John Hassler & Per Krusell & Aleh Tsyvinski, 2014. "Optimal Taxes on Fossil Fuel in General Equilibrium," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 82(1), pages 41-88, 01.
  3. Bretschger, Lucas & Ramer, Roger & Schwark, Florentine, 2011. "Growth effects of carbon policies: Applying a fully dynamic CGE model with heterogeneous capital," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 33(4), pages 963-980.
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