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The Political Economy of International Emissions Trading Scheme Choice: A Theoretical Analysis

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  • Jan-Tjeerd Boom
  • Gert Tinggaard Svendsen

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The Kyoto Protocol allows emissions trading between the Annex B countries. We consider three schemes of emissions trading: government trading, permit trading, and credit trading. The schemes are compared in a public choice setting focusing on group size and rent-seeking by interest groups. We find that industry will have most influence on government policy, with environmental organizations taking second place. Our conclusion is that most interest groups prefer a combination of government trading and credit trading even though permit trading is more efficient. Furthermore, some governments prefer government trading because it retains the possibility of hot air trading.

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Article provided by Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen in its journal Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics.

Volume (Year): 156 (2000)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 548-

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Handle: RePEc:mhr:jinste:urn:sici:0932-4569(200012)156:4_548:tpeoie_2.0.tx_2-v

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  1. Boom, Jan-Tjeerd, 2001. "International emissions trading under the Kyoto Protocol: : credit trading," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 29(8), pages 605-613, June.

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