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Unilateral measures and global emissions mitigation

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  • Chatterji, Shurojit

    (Singapore Management University)

  • Ghosal, Sayantan

    (University of Warwick)

  • Walsh, Sean

    (Center for International Governance Innovation)

  • Whalley, John

    (Center for International Governance Innovation, University of Western Ontario and NBER)

Abstract

In this paper we discuss global climate change mitigation that builds on existing unilateral actions to deliver ever deepening emission cuts over time. A wide array of unilateral environmental measures have been documented. We discuss the rationale for such measures and argue that unilateral initiatives have the potential to generate positive spillover e¤ects both within and across countries. Using a simple dynamic model of learning, we show how global negotiations can accelerate convergence to a global low emissions regime by building on and strengthening the positive spillovers inherent in unilateral initiatives.

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Paper provided by University of Warwick, Department of Economics in its series The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) with number 915.

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Keywords: Unilateral initiatives ; mitigation ; technology ; cumulative ; emissions reduction ; learning ; global ; negotiations.;

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  1. D. K. Foley, 1967. "Lindahl's Solution and the Core of an Economy with Public Goods," Working papers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics 3, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics.
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  3. Shurojit Chatterji & Sayantan Ghosal, 2009. "Technology, Unilateral Commitments and Cumulative Emissions Reduction," CESifo Economic Studies, CESifo, CESifo, vol. 55(2), pages 286-305, June.
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