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Optimal early action on greenhouse gas emissions

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  • Peter W. Kennedy
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    In this paper I argue that early action policies that focus on early actual emission reductions will tend to distort abatement investment decisions and thereby inflate the national compliance cost of a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target. Compliance cost savings stem from well-planned early action that may or may not yield early actual emission reductions. Thus, policies that target actual emission reductions, such as "credit for early action" or an aggressive, early "cap-and-trade" program, have the potential to be highly distorting. Simulation results from a model calibrated to the Canadian economy suggest that the associated welfare losses could be many billions of dollars.

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    Article provided by Canadian Economics Association in its journal Canadian Journal of Economics.

    Volume (Year): 35 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 16-35

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    Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:35:y:2002:i:1:p:16-35

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    1. Chevallier, Julien & Etner, Johanna & Jouvet, Pierre-André, 2011. "Bankable emission permits under uncertainty and optimal risk-management rules," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/5385, Paris Dauphine University.
    2. Darko Jus & Volker Meier, 2012. "Announcing is Bad, Delaying is Worse: Another Pitfall in Well-Intended Climate Policy," CESifo Working Paper Series 3844, CESifo Group Munich.
    3. G. Cornelis van Kooten, 2003. "Smoke and Mirrors: The Kyoto Protocol and Beyond," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 29(4), pages 397-415, December.
    4. Corrado Di Maria & Sjak Smulders & Edwin van der Werf, 2008. "Absolute Abundance and Relative Scarcity: Announced Policy, Resource Extraction, and Carbon Emissions," Working Papers 2008.92, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.

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