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International Carbon Emissions Trading and Strategic Incentives to Subsidize Green Energy

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  • Thomas Eichner
  • Rüdiger Pethig

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This paper examines strategic incentives to subsidize green energy in a group of countries that operates an international carbon emissions trading scheme. Welfare-maximizing national governments have the option to discriminate against energy from fossil fuels by subsidizing green energy, although in our model green energy promotion is not efficiency enhancing. The cases of small and large countries turn out to exhibit significantly differences. While small countries refrain from subsidizing green energy and thus implement the efficient allocation, large permit-importing countries subsidize green energy in order to influence the permit price in their favor.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 3083.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_3083

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Keywords: emissions trading; black energy; green energy; energy subsidies;

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  1. Rick van der Ploeg & Cees Withagen, 2010. "Is There Really a Green Paradox?," OxCarre Working Papers 035, Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, University of Oxford.
  2. Marco Runkel & Thomas Eichner, 2010. "Subsidizing Renewable Energy under Capital Mobility," FEMM Working Papers 100020, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Faculty of Economics and Management.
  3. Yu-Fu Chen & Michael Funke, 2010. "Global Warming And Extreme Events: Rethinking The Timing And Intensity Of Environmental Policy," Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics 236, Economic Studies, University of Dundee.
  4. BRECHET, Thierry & PERALTA, Susana, 2012. "Markets for tradable emission permits with fiscal competition," CORE Discussion Papers 2012054, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  5. Matthias Weitzel, 2014. "Worse off from reduced cost? The role of policy design under uncertain technological advancement," Kiel Working Papers 1926, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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