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Allowance price drivers in the first phase of the EU ETS

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In the first phase of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), the price per ton of CO2 initially rose to over [euro]30; the price then collapsed to essentially zero by mid 2007. By deriving a structural model of the allowance price under the assumption of efficient markets I examine the extent to which this variation in price can be explained by marginal abatement costs. I then gradually relax the model by allowing for delayed adjustment of price to fundamentals, as well as by introducing lagged LHS variables. The pattern of results suggests that while prices were not initially driven by marginal abatement costs, this inefficiency was largely corrected after the accounting of 2005 emissions in April 2006.

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  • Hintermann, Beat, 2010. "Allowance price drivers in the first phase of the EU ETS," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 59(1), pages 43-56, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeeman:v:59:y:2010:i:1:p:43-56
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    Keywords

    Emissions permit markets Air pollution Climate change Bubble Speculation CO2 Asset pricing EU ETS;

    JEL classification:

    • D84 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Expectations; Speculations
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • Q52 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Pollution Control Adoption and Costs; Distributional Effects; Employment Effects
    • Q53 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Air Pollution; Water Pollution; Noise; Hazardous Waste; Solid Waste; Recycling
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming

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