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Implementing carbon tariffs : a fool's errand ?

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  • Moore, Michael O.

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Some governments are considering taxes on imports based on carbon content from countries that have not introduced climate change policies. Such carbon border taxes appeal to domestic industries facing higher charges for their own carbon emissions. This research demonstrates that there are enormous practical difficulties surrounding such plans. Various policies are evaluated according to World Trade Organization compliance, administrative plausibility, help in meeting environmental goals, and ability to deal with domestic pressures. The steel industry is used as a case study in this analysis. All considered policies arguably fail to meet at least one of these constraints, bringing into question the plausibility that a carbon border tax can be practical policy.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 5359.

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Date of creation: 01 Jul 2010
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:5359

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Keywords: Climate Change Mitigation and Green House Gases; Climate Change Economics; Carbon Policy and Trading; Environment and Energy Efficiency; Energy and Environment;

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  1. Michael O. Moore & Maurizio Zanardi, 2009. "Does antidumping use contribute to trade liberalization in developing countries?," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 42(2), pages 469-495, May.
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  8. Michael O. Moore, 1996. "The Rise and Fall of Big Steel’s Influence on U.S. Trade Policy," NBER Chapters, in: The Political Economy of Trade Protection, pages 15-34 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  9. Messerlin, Patrick A., 2010. "Climate change and trade policy : from mutual destruction to mutual support," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5378, The World Bank.
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Cited by:
  1. Jaime de MELO, 2012. "Trade in a ‘Green Growth’ Development Strategy Global Scale Issues and Challenges," Working Papers P48, FERDI.
  2. Nicole A. MATHYS & Jaime de MELO, 2011. "The Political Economy of Climate Change Policies: Political Economy Aspects of Climate Change Mitigation Efforts," Working Papers P24, FERDI.
  3. Nicole A. MATHYS & Jaime de MELO, 2012. "Reconciling Trade and Climate Policies," Working Papers P37, FERDI.
  4. Michael Keen & Christos Kotsogiannis, 2011. "Coordinating Climate and Trade Policies: Pareto Efficiency and the Role of Border Tax Adjustments," Discussion Papers 1106, Exeter University, Department of Economics.
  5. Patrick MESSERLIN, 2011. "Climate, trade and water: A “grand coalition”?," Working Papers P23, FERDI.
  6. Patrick Messerlin, 2012. "Climate and trade policies: from mutual destruction to mutual support," Sciences Po publications info:hdl:2441/faqom67ai2q, Sciences Po.
  7. Alessandro Antimiani & Valeria Costantini & Chiara Martini & Luca Salvatici, 2011. "Cooperative and non-cooperative solutions to carbon leakage," Departmental Working Papers of Economics - University 'Roma Tre' 0136, Department of Economics - University Roma Tre.
  8. Patrick Messerlin, 2010. "Climate change and trade policy: From mutual destruction to mutual support," Sciences Po publications info:hdl:2441/5l6uh8ogmqi, Sciences Po.
  9. Patrick MESSERLIN, 2011. "Climate, trade and water: A “grand coalition”?," Working Papers P23, FERDI.
  10. Messerlin, Patrick A., 2010. "Climate change and trade policy : from mutual destruction to mutual support," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5378, The World Bank.

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