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Trade of Permits for Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Bilateral Trade Need not Be the Answer

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  • Roberto Burguet

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  • Jaume Sempere

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The Kyoto Protocol sets national quotas on CO2 emissions and allows international trade of these quotas. We argue that this trade is characterized by asymmetric, identity-dependent externalities, and show that bilateral trade may not be sufficient for an efficient allocation of emissions. We derive conditions under which bilateral trade does improve the allocation of permits. The conditions are strong. In this sense, we argue that, for emissions permits, market design matters.

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Paper provided by Unitat de Fonaments de l'Anàlisi Econòmica (UAB) and Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (CSIC) in its series UFAE and IAE Working Papers with number 746.08.

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Date of creation: 30 May 2007
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Handle: RePEc:aub:autbar:746.08

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Keywords: Terms of trade; asymmetric externalities; permits trade;

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  1. Elvio Accinelli & Leobardo Plata & Martín Puchet, 2007. "Can a reallocation of initial endowments improve social welfare?," Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) 0807, Department of Economics - dECON.

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