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International Emission Permit Markets with Refunding

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We propose a blueprint for an international emission permit market such as the EU trading scheme. Each country decides on the amount of permits it wants to offer. A fraction of these permits is grandfathered, the remainder is auctioned. Revenues from the auction are collected in a global fund and reimbursed to member countries in fixed proportions. We show that international permit markets with refunding lead to outcomes in which all countries tighten the issuance of permits and are better off compared to standard international permit markets. If the share of grandfathered permits is sufficiently small, we obtain approximately socially optimal emission reductions.

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Paper provided by CER-ETH - Center of Economic Research (CER-ETH) at ETH Zurich in its series CER-ETH Economics working paper series with number 08/97.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2008
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Handle: RePEc:eth:wpswif:08-07

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Keywords: climate change mitigation; global refunding scheme; international permit markets; international agreements; tradeable permits;

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