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Growth and the Optimal Carbon Tax: When to Switch from Exhaustible Resources to Renewables?

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  • van der Ploeg, Frederick
  • Withagen, Cees

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Optimal climate policy is studied in a Ramsey growth model. A developing economy weighs global warming less, hence is more likely to exhaust fossil fuel and exacerbate global warming. The optimal carbon tax is higher for a developed economy. We analyze the optimal time of transition from fossil fuel to renewables, amount of fossil fuel to leave in situ, and carbon tax. Subsidizing a backstop without an optimal carbon tax induces more fossil fuel to be left in situ and a quicker phasing in of renewables, but fossil fuel is depleted more quickly. Global warming need thus not be alleviated.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 8215.

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Keywords: carbon tax; exhaustible resources; global warming; Green Paradox; growth; intergenerational inequality aversion; renewables; second best;

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  1. Frederick van der Ploeg & Cees Withagen, 2011. "Too Much Coal, Too Little Oil," OxCarre Working Papers, Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, University of Oxford 056, Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, University of Oxford.
  2. Haradhan Kumar Mohajan, 2011. "Optimal Environmental Taxes Due to Health Effect," KASBIT Journal of Management & Social Science, Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari Institute of Technology (KASBIT), Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari Institute of Technology (KASBIT), vol. 4, pages 1-19, December.
  3. Kögel, Tomas, 2011. "The social cost of carbon on an optimal balanced growth path," Economics Discussion Papers 2011-35, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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