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Life After Kyoto: Alternative Approaches to Global Warming

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  • William Nordhaus

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This study reviews different approaches to the political and economic control of global public goods like global warming. It compares quantity-oriented control mechanisms like the Kyoto Protocol with price-type control mechanisms such as internationally harmonized carbon taxes. The pros and cons of the two approaches are compared, focusing on such issues as performance under conditions of uncertainty, volatility of the induced carbon prices, the excess burden of taxation and regulation, potential for corruption and accounting finagling, and ease of implementation. It concludes that, although virtually all discussions about economic global public goods have analyzed quantitative approaches, price-type approaches are likely to be more effective and more efficient.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 11889.

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Date of creation: Dec 2005
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Publication status: published as Nordhaus, William D. "After Kyoto: Alternative Mechanisms To Control Global Warming," American Economic Review, 2005, v96(2), 31-34.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:11889

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  1. Muller, Adrian & Sterner, Thomas, 2009. "Output and Abatement Effects of Allocation Readjustment in Permit Trade," Working Papers in Economics 413, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
  2. Fritz Rahmeyer, 2007. "Europäischer Handel mit Treibhausgasemissionszertifikaten und seine Umsetzung in das deutsche Umweltrecht," Discussion Paper Series, Universitaet Augsburg, Institute for Economics 296, Universitaet Augsburg, Institute for Economics.
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  4. Cameron Hepburn, 2006. "Regulation by Prices, Quantities, or Both: A Review of Instrument Choice," Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 22(2), pages 226-247, Summer.
  5. Habermacher, Florian, 2011. "The Law of Small Abatements: Prices over Quantities in Realistic Climate Policies," Economics Working Paper Series 1118, University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science, revised Jun 2011.
  6. Peter Cramton & Steven Stoft, 2009. "Global Carbon Pricing: A Better Climate Commitment," Papers of Peter Cramton 09gcp, University of Maryland, Department of Economics - Peter Cramton, revised 2009.
  7. Hansjürgens, Bernd, 2008. "Internationale Klimapolitik nach Kyoto: Architekturen und Institutionen," UFZ Discussion Papers 10/2008, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Division of Social Sciences (ÖKUS).

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