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Environmental policy under model uncertainty: a robust optimal control approach

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  • Michael Funke

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  • Michael Paetz

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The design of optimal environmental policy inherits model uncertainty.We investigate the consequences in a simple linear model, where the aim of the policymaker is to stabilise the atmospheric content of carbon. We study how decisionmakers’ concerns about robustness alters policy using the Hansen and Sargent (2003, 2008) approach. The analysis shows that a policymaker, who fears about model misspecification should react more aggressively to changes in the stock of atmospheric carbon and reduce emissions stronger.

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Paper provided by Hamburg University, Department of Economics in its series Quantitative Macroeconomics Working Papers with number 21108.

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Keywords: Robust Control; Knightian Uncertainty; Monetary Policy; Forward-Looking Expectations; Model Uncertainty;

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