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Decomposing Integrated Assessment Climate Change

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  • Böhringer, Christoph
  • Löschel, Andreas
  • Rutherford, Thomas F.

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We present a decomposition approach for integrated assessment modeling of climate policy based on a linear approximation of the climate system. Our objective is to demonstrate the usefulness of decomposition for integrated assessment models posed in a complementarity format. First, the complementarity formulation cum decomposition permits a precise representation of post-terminal damages thereby substantially reducing the model horizon required to produce an accurate approximation of the infinite-horizon equilibrium. Second, and central to the economic assessment of climate policies, the complementarity approach provides a means of incorporating second-best effects that are not easily represented in an optimization model. --

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Paper provided by ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research in its series ZEW Discussion Papers with number 05-07.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:zewdip:4540

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Keywords: integrated assessment; decomposition; terminal constraints; optimal taxation;

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