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Biofuel subsidies and international trade

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  • Bandyopadhyay, Subhayu
  • Bhaumik, Sumon
  • Wall, Howard J.

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This paper explores optimal biofuel subsidies in a general equilibrium trade model. The focus is on the production of biofuels such as corn-based ethanol, which diverts corn from use as food. In the small-country case, when the tax on crude is not available as a policy option, a second-best biofuel subsidy may or may not be positive. In the large-country case, the twin objectives of pollution reduction and terms-of-trade improvement justify a combination of crude tax and biofuel subsidy for the food exporter. Finally, we show that when both nations engage in biofuel policies, the terms-of-trade effects encourage the Nash equilibrium subsidy to be positive (negative) for the food exporting (importing) nation.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 41491.

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Date of creation: Oct 2010
Date of revision: 21 Sep 2012
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:41491

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Keywords: Biofuel Subsidy; Pigouvian Tax; Pollution Externality;

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  1. Does it make sense to subsidize biofuels?
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2011-06-07 14:52:00
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  1. Wei, Wenjie, 2014. "Welfare and Environmental Effects of Subsidies and Tariffs in North-South Trade in Renewable Energy Equipment," 2014 Conference (58th), February 4-7, 2014, Port Maquarie, Australia 165887, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

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