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Population under a Cap on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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  • Henning Bohn
  • Charles Stuart

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A cap on greenhouse gas emissions makes total emissions a fixed common-property resource. Population increases under a cap are therefore self-limiting: a population increase raises labor and reduces emissions per unit of labor, which lowers incomes and fertility. Because a marginal birth under a cap lowers all incomes, a cap induces a negative population externality. The externality is substantial in calibrations, about 20 percent of income in steady state and 5 percent of income immediately after imposition, or more, per child. Similarly, the optimal population may be one-quarter of the natural population in steady state.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 3046.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Keywords: population externality; Pigovian tax; emissions cap; endogenous fertility; economic growth; optimal population; calibrated optimal child tax;

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