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Investment and emission control under technology and pollution externalities

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  • Heal, Geoffrey
  • Tarui, Nori

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This paper studies incentives to develop advanced pollution abatement technology when technology may spillover across agents and pollution abatement is a public good. We are motivated by a variety of pollution control issues where solutions require the development and implementation of new pollution abatement technologies. We show that at the Nash equilibrium of a simultaneous-move game with R&D investment and emission abatement, whether the free rider effect prevails and under-investment and excess emissions occur depends on the degree of technology spillovers and the effect of R&D on the marginal abatement costs. There are cases in which, contrary to conventional wisdom, Nash equilibrium investments in emissions reductions exceed the first-best case.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Resource and Energy Economics.

Volume (Year): 32 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 1-14

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Handle: RePEc:eee:resene:v:32:y:2010:i:1:p:1-14

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Keywords: International environmental agreement Pollution abatement costs Endogenous technological change;

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Cited by:
  1. Daiju Narita & Ulrich J. Wagner, 2011. "Expectation-Driven Climate Treaties with Breakthrough Technologies," Kiel Working Papers 1732, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  2. Abeer El-Sayed & Santiago J. Rubio, 2014. "Sharing R&D Investments in Cleaner Technologies to Mitigate Climate Change," Working Papers 2014.41, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  3. Wei Jin, 2012. "International Knowledge Spillover and Technology Externality: Why Multilateral R&D Coordination Matters for Global Climate Governance," CAMA Working Papers 2012-53, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
  4. De Cian, Enrica & Tavoni, Massimo, 2012. "Do technology externalities justify restrictions on emission permit trading?," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 34(4), pages 624-646.

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