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Abandoning Fossil Fuel: How Fast And How Much?

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  • Rezai, Armon
  • van der Ploeg, Frederick

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Climate change must deal with two market failures, global warming and learning by doing in renewable use. The social optimum requires an aggressive renewables subsidy in the near term and a gradually rising carbon tax which falls in long run. As a result, more renewables are used relative to fossil fuel, there is an intermediate phase of simultaneous use, the carbonfree era is brought forward, more fossil fuel is locked up and global warming is lower. The optimal carbon tax is not a fixed proportion of world GDP. The climate externality is more severe than the learning by doing one.

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Keywords: additive damages; carbon tax; climate change; directed technical change; integrated assessment; learning by doing; multiplicative damages; Ramsey growth; renewables subsidy;

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  1. Sjak Smulders & Michael Toman & Cees Withagen, 2014. "Growth Theory and "Green Growth"," OxCarre Working Papers 135, Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, University of Oxford.
  2. Armon Rezai & Rick Van der Ploeg, 2014. "Robustness of a Simple Rule for the Social Cost of Carbon," CESifo Working Paper Series 4703, CESifo Group Munich.

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