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Global environmental problems, efficiency and limited altruism

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  • Johansson-Stenman, Olof

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    (Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University)

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Global environmental problems are often assumed to imply extensive inefficiencies since there is no global authority corresponding to the government at a national level. This paper shows, on the contrary, that rich countries in a free unregulated market may still undertake globally efficient abatement investments, given the existence of limited nonpaternalistic altruism.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 139.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: 09 Aug 2004
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0139

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Keywords: Global environmental problems; externalities; altruism; transboundary pollution;

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  2. Eckerstorfer, Paul & Wendner, Ronald, 2013. "Asymmetric and Non-atmospheric Consumption Externalities, and Efficient Consumption Taxation," MPRA Paper 45521, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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